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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan, KY  40831
Phone: 606-573-8700

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Harlan Middle/High School Seeks AdvancED School Accreditation

On April 20th and 21st, Harlan Middle/High hosted an AdvancED External Review team that reviewed the school to evaluate the school’s adherence to the AdvancED Accreditation Standards and to make a recommendation for AdvancED School Accreditation.  

The team found that Harlan Middle/High met the requirements for accreditation and announced that it will be recommending the school for AdvancED School Accreditation.  Their recommendation will be reviewed and acted upon by the national AdvancED Accreditation Commission in June 2015.

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On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Harlan High School hosted the entire student body and faculty of the Han Herreders Ungdomsskole from Fjerritslev, Denmark,  for Danskere og Drager Dag  (or Danes and Dragons Day in English). 


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Harlan High School Future Problem Solving Team Captures Regional Championship

The Harlan High School Future Problem Solving Team captured 1st place in Region 13 Governor’s Cup competition recently held at Lynn Camp High School. As a result of their win, the team advanced to the state competition held in Louisville, Ky.

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Harlan Elementary Academic Team Wins District and is Regional Runner-Up!

The Harlan Elementary Academic Team has gained great honors this season.  They are the 2015 District Champions and earned 2nd place in the Region.  The FPS and Quick Recall Teams both placed 3rd in the Region.

Team Members include : Alyssa Gibson, Dylan Seals, Harley Middleton, Makenna Jackson, Cambell Nunez, Lily Dickenson, Bryson Lee, Devyn Lowe, Tristan West, Hannah Walker, Jackson Huff, Cade Lindsey, Madison Forrester, Rachel Amburgey, Emma Owens, Emily Amburgey, Hannah Amburgey, and Jacob Shoemaker.  They are coached by Heather Benson.

HISD Calendar Change for 2014-2015

Due to the severe weather we have experienced, the Harlan Independent School District has amended the 2014-2015 school calendar.

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Harlan Independent School District: 6th Year as Distinguished District – 1 of 6 High Performing

The students, staff, faculty and administration of Harlan Independent kicked off the new-year with a district-wide celebration of the Unbridled Learning test results issued earlier in the school year. Students, parents, and staff from Sunshine Preschool through the High School gathered to recognize remarkable accomplishments in the schools and testing areas. Recognizing the Harlan Independent School District as only one of six labeled as a High Performing District, T-Shirts were given out to everyone within the district.

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Harlan Middle School -Governor's Cup Champions

Students from across Harlan County gathered Saturday at Cumberland Elementary for the District Governor’s Cup competition. Harlan Middle School recently captured their 10th District Governors Cup in the last 11 years, edging out Evarts Junior High. Harlan finished the day with 48 points, followed by Evarts 41.5, Black Mountain 22, Cumberland 7, and Green Hills with 4.5.

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NICHE.COM Ranks HHS #22 in KY

Carnegie Mellon University’s Niche.com has recently recognized Harlan High School as an exceptional academic institution. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students, Niche.com provides reviews and rankings of more than 120,000 K-12 schools across the country. Among Kentucky’s best was Harlan High School ranked #22. Other Schools in the region making the ranking were Hazard High at #35 and Corbin High at #19. Topping the list this year was Louisville’s DuPont Manual.

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HHS ACT Scores Outpace State and National Averages

HARLAN, KY – Students from Harlan Independent continue to outpace state and national averages on the ACT exam. Results from the 2013-2014 administration of the ACT show that Harlan High School students outperformed the state average in every assessment area (English, Math, Reading, and Science) culminating with a 21.8 average composite ACT score, nearly 2 points higher than the state average of 19.9. HHS students have outscored the state over the last 5 years and this years results are the highest in recent school history. According to Superintendent, C.D. Morton, “We are really excited to see these kinds of results from our students, when your average student is able to achieve nearly a 22 on the ACT, you know you are getting your core curriculum correct. We have work to do, because we believe we can do even better in the future.”


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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan KY 40831

Phone: 606-573-8700