I would like to welcome you to the Ramey Estep High School web site. Ramey Estep High School is accredited through the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Counsel on School Accreditation and School Improvement. REHS has maintained this accreditation since 2004. Our school has also been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a Best Practice Site in Alternative Education.
We are considered an alternative school because our population of youth are state agency children who have been placed in the Ramey Estep Home, a treatment facility. When you walk the halls at REHS you have the sense of being in a regular academic school with a strong feeling of a positive culture. REHS’s educational program is aligned with the State Core Content in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Arts and Humanities, Health, Physical Education, Industrial Technology, Life Skills, and Reading.
A major achievement and pride of Ramey Estep High School students and staff has been the publication of “The Circle” volumes 1, 2, 3 4, 5 and 6. All of our students may submit writings for publication. These contain prose, poetry and art work, which reflect many of their life experiences. Each high school graduate and student author receives a copy of the most recent “Circle” book when they exit our school.
There is a strong sense of respect throughout the entire school. A positive school culture at Ramey-Estep High School is evidenced in many ways. The school’s daily pledge, “Just for today I will do my best not to do anything degrading to myself or any other person,” reflects the emphasis put on respect and care for each individual. Most students at REHS come to us with many gaps in their education for various reasons. They are (for want of a better term) “throw-away” kids. They think no one cares about them. They have given up on themselves and have very little trust in adults. Respect is modeled by staff, teachers, and students. As one of our youth stated, “I feel safe here. I’ve been bullied all my life and that has never happened to me here. Even my peers want to help me.” Our staff not only educates them in core content but also in self-respect and self-worth. Often we find our higher phase peers mentoring and helping the lower functioning youth. As self-esteem improves, attitudes also improve and our students begin to value their education more.
Traditions such as monthly graduate recognition, graduation celebrations, honor roll ice cream socials, harvest festival events, winter, summer, and brain olympics foster a sense of team pride and personal success. Although there is team competitiveness, you will find our youth cheering each other on and supporting the winning groups. Collaboration and collegiality of teachers, staff and students as they work together to make each event successful, makes the event not only educationally relative but creates a positive school climate and culture.
As principal of Ramey Estep High School I would like to invite you to check out the website of Ramey Estep Homes -----------------------------------
Ann Brewster, Principal
Ramey-Estep High School