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Gatton Academy

To apply to the Gatton Academy, a student must be a sophomore or have achieved sophomore stuatus, completed Geometry and Algebra 2 prior to enrollment, score a minimum of 22 on the math section of the ACT or score a minimum 520 on the math section of the SAT, and submit all required materials no later than February 1 of your sophomore year. Students can request an application by contacting 270-745-6565 or by completing a request from online at




Each year the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky admits 60 Kentucky students who apply during their sophomore year and are awarded admission based on standardized test scores, grades, responses to essay questions, personal interviews, and recommendations.

Instead of spending their junior and senior years in traditional high schools, students enroll in the Gatton Academy and live in a uniquely dedicated Gatton Academy residence hall on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Taking courses offered by WKU, their classmates are fellow Gatton Academy students and WKU undergraduate students.

At the end of two years, Gatton Academy students will have earned sixty college credit hours in addition to completing high school.

Academy graduates may choose to stay at WKU or transfer to other universities to complete their bachelor's degrees.

Gatton Academy students' scholastic test scores and nationally recognized achievements such as state assessment scores, ACT/SAT scores, and national merit awards will be credited to the home high school.

Academy students will be able to participate in their home high school senior class graduation ceremonies.