For the second consecutive year, the Gatton Academy was named one of Newsweek’s “Public Elite” American high schools.<br />
The Gatton Academy’s mission is to offer a residential program for bright, highly motivated high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. <br />
Goals of the Gatton Academy<br /><ul><li> To assist districts by providing appropriately challenging learning opportunities for young people who are advanced in STEM disciplines.
To promote economic development in science and mathematics across Kentucky.
To serve as a beacon of excellence for educational opportunities in STEM subjects.</li></li></ul><li>The Academy Also Seeks<br /><ul><li> to provide its students with the companionship of intellectual peers;
to encourage students to develop the creativity, curiosity, reasoning ability, and self-discipline that lead to independent thought and action;
to aid students in developing integrity that will enable them to benefit society; and
to support students in thinking entrepreneurially.</li></li></ul><li>A strategic partnership with Western Kentucky University<br />
To date (2008-12), students represent 95 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.<br />
Class of 2012 by the Numbers<br /><ul><li>275 students began the admissions process, with 125 completing the application.
66 students were admitted in Spring 2010. 40 counties are represented among the class.
Class of 2012 members scored an average composite of 29.0 on the ACT.
Class of 2012 members scored an average of 29.5 on the math section of the ACT.</li></li></ul><li>Academics<br /><ul><li>The core of the Gatton Academy curriculum consists of 12 courses in mathematics and science.
Gatton Academy students complete a minimum slate of math courses in Computational Problem Solving, Trigonometry, as well as Calculus I and II.
Student take five courses in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics in addition to four other science and math electives.
Students continue to take additional coursework </li></ul>to meet all pre-college requirements.<br />
Student Research<br /><ul><li>75% of the Gatton Academy student body will engage in faculty-sponsored scientific research.
11 Academy students have </li></ul>been selected to participate<br />in the HHMI National Genomics Research Initiative. <br /><ul><li> Students have presented research at state, national, and international conferences as emerging scholars in their disciplines.</li></li></ul><li>Student Life<br /><ul><li> The Gatton Academy provides a rich living/learning environment designed specifically for adolescent students.
Extra-curricular activities include mock trial, YMCA, student government, KYA/KUNA, FBLA, marching band, HOSA, children’s theater, men’s and women’s choir, and more.
Academy students logged over 2000 hours of service learning, an average of 1 full day per student.</li></li></ul><li>International Reach<br /><ul><li>Winter Term experiences abroad have focused on Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and France.
In 2011, 16 Academy students will conduct a biological field study at Cloudbridge Nature Preserve in Costa Rica. Others will have the opportunity to study literature at Harlaxton College in England.
Rebecca Brock was awarded a DAAD RISE scholarship to study in Germany.
4 students and 2 alumni are participants in the prestigious Chinese Flagship Program at WKU.</li></li></ul><li>Admissions<br />Applicants must submit the following materials:<br /><ul><li> A complete transcript of high school coursework;
The student response portion of the Gatton Academy Admissions Packet;
A personal interview with Gatton Academy staff members and other Kentucky representatives.</li></li></ul><li>Class of 2010<br /><ul><li>The 51 members of the Class of 2010 were offered $10.3 million in scholarships and accepted over $3.5 million in scholarships.
10 members of the class were selected as National Merit finalists.
3 out of 5 continued their undergraduate education in the state of Kentucky.</li></li></ul><li>Class of 2010<br /><ul><li>Belmont University
Western Kentucky University</li></li></ul><li>Class of 2010<br /><ul><li>The members of the Class of 2011 scored well above state averages on the 2009 ACT for Kentucky Juniors.</li></li></ul><li>Gatton Academy Staff<br /><ul><li> Dr. Julia Roberts, Executive Director