was started in 2003 by a group of parents seeking an alternative educational
setting and experience for their students with learning differences. Carol
Douglas, our current director, was one of the first teachers for this group of
8 students from 4th – 11th grade. As more families heard
about KORE Academy, the school slowly grew in numbers and in August of 2004,
KORE Academy was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation. Since
its’ inception, KORE has had a home in the basement of Porter Memorial Baptist
Church, occupying 10 classrooms which are shared with other church activities
and Sunday school groups. Porter generously shares their other facilities with
our school, including the Fellowship Hall, Youth Room, sanctuary, gymnasium,
parking lot, and recreation areas.
A small, independent school designed to
offer individual and specialized instruction to students
with various learning disabilities and/or learning differences in grades 1-12, KORE
currently serves 37 students. We have 10 students in our intermediate
class (grades 3-5), 14 students in our middle school class (grades 6-8), and 13
students in the high school class. We have 15 girls and 22 boys. Our current students
come from Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford Counties though student often come to us from all over Central Kentucky. KORE Academy’s staff
includes our director, Carol Douglas, who also teaches math and life skills,
and 10 full and part time teachers: 1 male and 9 female. Our teachers have
bachelor’s degrees in either special education, education or in their subject
area. 5 of our teachers possess master’s degrees. Our director has a degree in
learning disabilities and a master’s in counseling. Our reading specialist has a Certification in
Reading from the University of North Carolina and a Rank I – Reading
certification through the state of Kentucky and Certification through the
National Institute of Learning Disabilities. KORE Academy has a support staff
of four volunteers who handle reception, office management and administrative
duties. During the school day many of our students receive occupational therapy
and/or speech therapy. Services by professionals in these areas are provided
either privately or by the Fayette County Public Schools.
The most significant achievement that KORE Academy has experienced is the achievement of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council
on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division
of AdvancED. This achievement, beginning with the 2013-1014 school year, has provided the framework for
continuous improvement in all areas of our school and will continue to move
KORE forward as we collectively analyze practices and results and make
Beverly P. Henderson received her Bachelor
of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a master’s degree in
Elementary Education, including a Fifth Year Program in Special Education, from
Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Rank I in Special Education
Administration from the University of Kentucky and is certified in K-8
Elementary Education; K-12 TMH Special Education; K-12 LBD Special Education;
Gifted and Talented; and Director of Special Education.
Mrs. Henderson brings 33 years of
experience in teaching and administration, serving in a variety of
administrative roles including Director of Special Education and 504 programs
for Franklin County Schools (KY), Special Education Administrator to High
Schools, Fayette County Public Schools (KY), and in Nelson County as Director
of Special Education, 504 Services and Preschool Programs. She is recently
retired from Fayette County Public Schools where she last served as the
Behavior Specialist at P.L. Dunbar High School. Noting that she “flunked
retirement”, Mrs. Henderson has been working this year (2015-2016) as a Special Education
Consultant in FCPS as well as the coordinator of P.L. Dunbar High School’s
Night School program.
Using sand-filled bags and racquetballs, these exercises address visual tracking deficiency, auditory issues, impulsivity, balance and anxiety issues. In partner and group settings, KORE students spend 10-15 minutes each day with these exercises which involve multiple midline crossings, rhythm, balance and pace. Benefits include improved cognition, focus, listening & communication skills and visual fitness.
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