Northern Kentucky University 

Primary through Grade 12 Educational Resources

Broadway Chorus Tour Troupe

The Broadway Chorus Tour Troupe is a unique group of voices that perform the great choral literature of the Broadway theatre, including all the golden oldies and standards that everyone knows and loves, from as far back as the 30s and 40s all the way up to the present. BROADWAY CHORUS will perform for audiences ranging from area 9-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.

Center for Applied Informatics (CAI)

The CAI provides services that facilitate and support technology resources to enhance the learning abilities of P-12 students. The Center actively supports programs that track student success, supplies technical support to teachers and administrators, and hosts camps and events to increase technical knowledge in children of various ages. CAI offers events on-campus in Highland Heights and at the NKU METS Center in Erlanger.

Center for Economic Education

This Center promotes economic and financial literacy.  Through programs such as the annual Financial Fitness Summer Camp for Teens, the Center seeks to make a difference in the community by empowering Kentucky's youth and creating a better economic and financial future.  Housed in the College of Business, the Center also provides services for local P-12 teachers and schools.

Center for Educator Excellence

The Center's mission is to partner with school districts to offer high quality professional development, develop sound teacher recruitment and retention programs, align the secondary and postsecondary curricula, encourage teachers to aspire to National Board Certification, implement procedures to measure teacher excellence, and foster the growth of the Future Educators of America's middle and secondary school chapters.

Center for Environmental Education

The Center provides professional development programs and classroom resources for P-12 teachers and outreach programs for P-12 students. The programs for P-12 teachers and students are offered through the independent work of the Center, and through collaboration with community agencies, teachers, and NKU and regional university faculty.

Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics  (CINSAM)

CINSAM offers in-service programs to meet the needs of teachers of science and mathematics and provides motivational opportunities for them to bring their students to campus.  CINSAM also offers to the region's students a wide variety of summer programs related to the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Center for Public History

The Center partners with P-12 educators to provide programming and virtual museum experiences tailored to curricular needs. Other services include teacher workshops, and providing educators with best practices for their own and their students' research. The Center specializes in regional history of the people and communities of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio, and Southeastern Indiana.

Community Connections

Community Connections facilitates structured school-group visits to campus, coordinates the presentation of performing arts and humanities programs in schools and community venues in the northern Kentucky region and transports a taste of NKU to elementary school partners in its signature Spirit Day events.

Dance for Fitness

This high-energy troupe will discover movement and fitness through dance. Dance for Fitness will explore Hip-Hop, African, Latin, Jazz, Modern, and Ballet! The group will perform for P-5 schools.

Dance Tour Troupe

The Dance Tour Troupe is leaping, spinning, twirling and whirling and ready to lift your spirits. This group is available to perform their diverse dance selections for you, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap and musical theatre numbers. DANCE TROUPE will perform for audiences ranging from area P-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.

Early Childhood Center

The Center provides early care and education for children ages 2 to 14 years, serves as a job training and teacher mentoring site for NKU students and is available for research by faculty, staff and community members. It is a not-for-profit organization serving the children of NKU students, faculty and staff, and alumni, as well as members of the surrounding community. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Educational Outreach

The mission of Educational Outreach is to expand access to educational opportunities. Options include: online programs and courses; the Grant County Center; the PACE Program for working adults; onsite educational partnerships with employers; School-Based Scholars Program for high-school students; credit for prior learning; and Project Graduate for former NKU students with 90+ credit hours but no bachelor's degree.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program whose purpose is to assist qualified 7-12 grade students in preparing for their future. Advisers provide educational and career counseling, academic assistance, and guidance in making informed educational choices. In addition to monthly meetings at area schools, we offer enriching field trips, college tours, job shadowing and two residential summer camps.

Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute

The Institute offers academic and outreach programs in entrepreneurship. The outreach programs include companies that use student teams to address entrepreneurial issues in their business, whether they be marketing, operations, finance or human resources. With over 175 students majoring in entrepreneurship, it is one of the largest programs in the region.

Haile Digital Planetarium

P-12 classes and other groups are able to schedule presentations in the planetarium. We offer more than a half dozen different programs covering topics on and off the Earth. Visit the planetarium and you will be transported through time and space to look at everything from  the formation of the moon to a future solar eclipse in the area.

Improv Team

The Improv Team is a traveling comedy troupe performing spontaneous skits and sketches for audiences of all ages. Performance topics are developed through audience suggestions and interaction. The group will perform for audiences ranging from area P-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.

Kentucky Center for Mathematics

The KCM offers on-going professional development for P-12 teachers and supports these teachers as they implement the skills learned during the professional development sessions; provides educational resources for students, parents and teachers; and hosts a statewide annual conference covering contemporary issues in P-12 mathematics education.

Kentucky Online Testing (KYOTE)

KYOTE is available through NKU and UK. KYOTE provides free online placement exams and related resources in mathematics, English, and reading. Kentucky high school seniors who do not meet benchmark on the ACT in these areas can take and pass KYOTE exams to become college ready and be guaranteed placement into credit bearing courses in these areas without need of remediation at any public college or university in the state.


KYOTE at NKU supports Kentucky’s college and career readiness program by providing a free online textbook and related resources specifically designed to prepare high school seniors for the KYOTE college readiness mathematics and college algebra placement exams. It is used by nearly all Northern Kentucky high schools and a growing number of high schools in other parts of the state.

Museum of Anthropology

Collections focus on (1) the archeology of Northern Kentucky and the middle Ohio Valley, (2) contemporary ethnological arts of Native Americans, and (3) contemporary ethnological and folk arts of world cultures, especially those of Latin America, Africa, and New Guinea. The museum offers displays, exhibitions, public lecture and film series, tours, and other specifically designed, educational programs for groups of all ages.

Music Preparatory Department

The Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department is an outreach program serving the community by providing quality musical instruction to students of all ages, not for credit. The instruction is for those interested in college preparation, for children experiencing an introduction into the world of music, and for adults who would like to develop or explore their talents for their own enjoyment.

Musical Theater Tour Troupe

The Musical Theatre Tour Troupe offers a lively revue-format performance of songs and dances from the American musical theatre scene. The group will perform for audiences ranging from area 6-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.

Pathways to Nursing Degree

Pathways to a Nursing Degree provides an active learning environment for middle and high school students to explore a career in nursing. The goal is to provide both middle and high school students with "first hand" exposure to the university experience, an understanding of the academic requirements to become a nurse, and knowledge of the authentic role of a registered nurse.

School Based Scholars

Through the School-Based Scholars "4+1" program, academically ready high school juniors and seniors in Kentucky may complete up to eight NKU courses at significantly discounted tuition rates. Courses may be completed at participating high school locations, the NKU Grant County Center, or NKU's Highland-Heights campus.

Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement

The Center is part of a network of Greater Cincinnati partners working to expand service learning in P-12 classes as well as on college campuses. Service learning represents a structured effort to provide opportunities for applied learning for students, generally in partnership with one or more nonprofit agencies.

Upward Bound

We are a challenging college preparatory program, federally funded, serving 65 students, grades 9 - 12, in five target high schools.  Selected students must either meet federal income requirements and/or be the children of parents without baccalaureate college degrees.