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About Us

Last Updated: 4/26/2021 4:13 PM

Our Mission

The mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind is to provide comprehensive educational services to all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, birth to 21.

Signage in front entrance of KSB; Costigan Cupola is in the background. 


Our Vision

Empowering Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired to Command their Future

Our Beliefs

We believe students who are blind and visually impaired  …

  • can become college and career ready through world class instruction and services
  • have unique needs that must be met
  • have a right to knowledge, tools and relationships necessary to build successful lives
  • deserve to be taught in a safe and caring environment by competent professionals
  • are meaningful contributors to society

KSB teacher and an elementary male student are working at a table in the school library.  She is sitting to the right and is observing the student who is reading braille. 

Our History

KSB was the third state-supported school for the blind established in the United States. The school’s founder was Bryce McLellan Patten who began teaching a class of six blind students in the summer of 1839.

Bryce Patten invited his brother Otis to teach at the institute in Louisville.In early 1841, in an effort to attain funding for a school for the blind, Otis Patten presented an exhibition of his blind students’ skills before the Kentucky General Assembly. Unfortunately, funding was not granted. Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe of the Massachusetts Institute for the Blind often traveled with his students to promote the education of blind children.

The Patten brothers invited Dr. Howe and his students to Kentucky to make a presentation to the Kentucky Legislature. On February 5, 1842, the Kentucky Institution for the Blind was chartered with an appropriation of $10,000. The school opened in May, 1842, on Sixth Street in downtown Louisville.

In less than a year, the school outgrew its building. After outgrowing several buildings in the area, a permanent school home was built on Broadway Avenue in 1845. This building burned in 1851 and the decision was made to move the school out of the city. A tract of land known as the Frankfort Turnpike Road (now Frankfort Avenue) was purchased and a new school was built on it in 1855. In 1967, that building was razed to make way for a modern facility that would better serve students with visual impairments.

Today, KSB continues to help all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired to develop their talents, their skills and attitudes to become confident, competent, and independent adults.  


KSB varsity female athlete is holding on to a guide wire while running.  She is wearing a KSB wildcat jersey and has a broad smile on her face.

Educational Services for Students

As the Statewide Educational Resource on Blindness, KSB offers a vast menu of services to meet the needs of all Kentucky students with visual impairments.  These include:

KSB high school student is reading a card in the school library.  She is seated at a table.  There is a braillewriter on the table. 


Enrichment Opportunities for Students

KSB offers students an array of extracurricular activities such as:

  • Music ~ Choir, Band, Percussion Ensemble and Keyboarding
  • Athletics ~ Wrestling, Goalball, Cheerleading, Track /Field and Swimming
  • Bill Roby Track and Field Games
  • Braille Readers are Leaders
  • Braille Challenge Competition
  • Braille and Low Vision Carnival
  • Short Course Weekend Retreat
  • Forensics
  • Art
  • Boy Scouts


Student 1st, 2nd. and 3rd. place winners of the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge pose in front of signage and balloons at the American Printing House during the Awards Assembly.

Support to Parents and Families    

Family Support Services  promote and engage parents, caregivers and other family members as full partners in the education process. Outreach staff takes an active role in collaboration with other agencies in planning and hosting regional and/or statewide activities that promote family awareness and involvement in their child's education.

A group of parents, students and KSB Outreach Consultant are sitting in a circle during a Family Conference activity session.


Support to School Districts  

KSB Outreach supports proficient student performance by assisting local school districts in reducing barriers to learning associated with a vision loss and by providing students access to the general curriculum, the Program of Studies, Core Content, and Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments including:

  • Gateways to Independence Professional Development for Statewide Teachers and Service Providers
  • Specialized Trainings
  • Consultative Services
  • Low Vision Clinic
  • Technical Assistance

A female elementary student is holding an optical device with the opthalmologist during a low vision examination at KSB.

Campus Life 

KSB provides a homelike environment in a dormitory setting that encourages students to attain proficiency and independence in daily living. While residing on campus, students have access to a wide range of extracurricular and recreational activities.

KSB high school students in formal attire pose for a photo inside the lobby of Evans Hall prior to Junior/Senior Prom.



Additional Info

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Kentucky School for the Blind
1867 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206



KSB is a branch of the Division of Learning Service in the Office of Next Generation Learner within the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).   

Dr. Jason Glass
KDE Commissioner of Education and KSB Superintendent

Gretta Hylton
KDE Associate Commissioner, Office of Special Education and Learning Services

Carol Morrison
Director of State Schools
502-897-1583, 6212

Peggy Sinclair-Morris 
502-897-1583, 0206

Michael Coffey
Assistant Principal
502-897-1583, 0202

Jane Paynter
Director of Special Education


502-897-1583, 0203


KSB Advisory Board 

Appointed by the Kentucky Board of Education, this board serves in an advisory capacity and may offer recommendations to KSB ad­ministrators on the general objectives regarding the education of  students who are blind or visually impaired, student services and school/community relations. 

Members, Meeting Dates, Agenda & Minutes are being Updated.


KSB is located on 15 acres in the beautiful historic Clifton neighborhood in Louisville. If you visit the campus, parking is available on Frankfort Avenue, Haldeman Avenue or on the KSB side of Will Evans Way (in between KSB and APH). Directions to KSB