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Sophomore Information

Last Updated: 1/29/2019 2:27 PM

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The Gatton Academy

The Gatton Academy is a residential program for 120 high school juniors and seniors from Kentucky who have demonstrated talent and interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To date, the Gatton Academy has serviced the needs of students from 81 counties across the Commonwealth. Students apply during their sophomore year through a competitive admissions process. Students are required to have completed Algebra II by the end of their sophomore year. An ACT or SAT score is also required for admission. Students would be able to take the February ACT; however, their admissions packet MUST include a PLAN or PSAT score. Additionally, a copy of the unofficial ACT report would need to be sent to the Academy upon receipt.

The goal of the Gatton Academy is to enable Kentucky’s exceptional young scientists and mathematicians to learn in an environment which offers advanced educational opportunities, preparing them for leadership roles in Kentucky. Instead of spending their junior and senior years in traditional high schools, the students will take courses offered by WKU. At the end of two years, they will be high school graduates and willhave earned at least 60 college credit hours.

The students live and learn with peers who share their enthusiasm and interest in learning. Moreover, tuition, housing, and meals are all provided through funding by the General Assembly to make this unique opportunity available to any qualifying Kentucky student. Local districts continue to receive a students’ ACT and CATS scores as well.

Kentucky is the 14th state to offer a residential program with a focus on math and science supported by the state.

If you would like additional information about the Gatton Academy, visit us online at: or or telephone (270) 745-6565  Corey Alderdice Assistant Director, Admissions and Public Relations.


Since 1958 HOBY has provided lifelong leadership development opportunities empowering individuals to achieve their highest potential. Each year high schools from across the country send their top sophomore leader to attend HOBY leadership programs held in almost all fifty states and nine countries including Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Israel, Taiwan, China, Korea and this year Iraq.  Our programs culminate annually in a World Leadership Congress that attracts students from around the world.  Since HOBY’s founding, over 355,000 young people have attended HOBY youth leadership programs.  As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a small paid staff, HOBY programs are carried out by a dedicated group of over 4,000 volunteers across the country who are passionate about HOBY’s mission. HOBY has established an exceptional brand within high schools, colleges and especially among youth leaders. If you would like additional information about the Gatton Academy, visit us online at:

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