The Gatton Academy: A Case Study of a State Residential High School with a Focus on Mathematics and Science


This article describes the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a residential high school for juniors and seniors supported by the state budget. The school opened in 2007 after 10 years of advocacy and planning, including the retrofitting of Schneider Hall to be the home of the Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. Students at the Gatton Academy earn a minimum 60 college hours and a high school diploma. This article describes the mission, the curriculum, benefits to the sending school and school district as well as to the student, support for students, and the recognition for students and the Gatton Academy. This special school is 1 of 15 state residential high schools with a focus on mathematics and science that are supported by the state budget.


Gifted Education | Science and Mathematics Education

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