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The Gatton Academy
Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky logo.jpg
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031


United States
Coordinates36°59′13″N 86°27′16″W / 36.98694°N 86.45444°W / 36.98694; -86.45444Coordinates: 36°59′13″N 86°27′16″W / 36.98694°N 86.45444°W / 36.98694; -86.45444
Motto"Infinite Possibilities"
FounderJulia Link Roberts
DirectorLynette Breedlove
Age range14-19
 • Grade 1195
 • Grade 1291
Hours in school day24
Color(s)Green, silver and white    
MascotSierpiński Triangle and Sir Pinski the Fighting Automaton.
National ranking1 (Newsweek 2012, Daily Beast 2012, 2013, 2014)

The Gatton Academy (Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky) is a public academy and an early college entrance program funded by the state of Kentucky and located on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, United States.[1]

In 2010 and 2011 the Gatton Academy ranked on Newsweek's Public Elite list, a list of the nation's 20 top public high schools, as graded by scores on standardized tests. The Gatton Academy was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation's top five high schools. America's Best High Schools 2011 recognized more than 500 schools from across the United States. In June 2012 the Gatton Academy was recognized as Newsweek's Top School in America.[2] For three years in a row, the Gatton Academy was ranked the best in the nation by The Daily Beast.[3]


The Gatton Academy began in the 2007–2008 school year.

As of the 2021–2022 school year, the Academy admits 95 qualifying high school students (for a total of 190 students attending) each year to spend their junior and senior years on the WKU campus taking classes at the university. The students are selected on basis of grades, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, teacher and community leader recommendations, personal interview, and interest in a science, mathematical, or engineering career,[4] and focus their classes mainly on mathematics and sciences.

Students of the Academy are considered both undergraduates and high school students by Kentucky and federal scholarship programs. As such, they are qualified for undergraduate research programs, scholarships, honors, and even (in exceptional cases) bachelor's degrees, but at the same time must take the classes required by the state of Kentucky for a high school diploma (and, if still enrolled in their home high school, the classes required by their previous school). Students also have the option of being dually-enrolled, or, remaining students at their home high schools while attending the Academy. However, some private schools will not allow students to remain enrolled while attending the Academy. This dual-enrollment option allows students, in some cases, to remain eligible for services offered by their home high school (guidance, textbook funding). However, this option also requires students to meet state graduation requirements, and participate in KPREP testing. The home schools benefit from this arrangement by receiving the test scores from their respective Gatton scholars.

Most of the school's graduates attend four-year colleges (67% of graduates attend either Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville[1]), while some chose to pursue other opportunities during gap years.

See also


  1. ^ a b "School Profile" (PDF). Gatton Academy. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "America's Best High Schools". Top High Schools. Newsweek. 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kentucky school tops national rankings again". USA TODAY. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Matthews, Jay (June 8, 2009). "In A Different Class: The nation's most elite public high schools fall outside the NEWSWEEK list". Top High Schools. Newsweek. Retrieved August 16, 2009.