Award Year: 2013

Beechwood High School

54 Beechwood Road
Ft. Mitchell, KY, 41017-2716

(859) 331-1220

Ben Zimmerman Jr., Principal at time of Nomination

Beechwood Independent School District

School Website


Beechwood…Impacting our World One Student at a Time

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

The faculty, students, and administration at Beechwood High School are always willing to share “what works for us” with other districts, but we struggle with tangibly describing what we actually do on a day-to-day basis that results in our test scores and successful transition into post-secondary experiences.

We can share lesson plans and syllabi with fellow teachers, but they have to spend time in our building to understand WHY we are successful. Although our success is difficult to encapsulate on paper, we can attribute our success to one word: belief. Believing, truly believing, that each one of our kids can improve and succeed is precisely why we succeed.

There is no program, no software, no textbook – items for which we are often asked – that we pinpoint as "the factor" that sets us apart. Our teachers, our kids, and our administration have built a culture where learning is exciting, where apathy is not revered, and where failure is a starting point for improvement. It is this belief in each other that drives us to push, pull, and progress no matter what. Success is not an option here - success is an expectation.

The members of our school community understand that academic success is contingent upon rigor in the classroom, reinforcement at home, and involvement - 90% of our student body - in extra-curricular activities. Our kids are “TIED” to our school. Students care about how we look to the outside world, and teachers care about whom we are sending out into that world. Parents and kids trust that teachers know their content and that administrators will provide for and protect our students. WE BELIEVE IN EACH OTHER.