The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is a special Kentucky public high school operating on the campus of Western Kentucky University (WKU). It allows really superior high school age students to take college-level courses at WKU.
Gatton is a selective school of choice, nominally open to all Kentucky students; however, actually getting in is highly competitive. Applying high school sophomores must jump though a lot of hoops, including taking the ACT college entrance test. For this year’s crop of students, the Lane Report says:
“The selected students scored an average composite of 30.51 on the ACT and 29.88 on the mathematics portion of the exam.”
Those are really high scores for this 36-point test.
The Lane Report also says that this year’s Gatton selectees come from 50 difference counties in Kentucky and 100 students total were selected.
All of this sounds really great, especially considering Gatton’s outstanding national reputation as a superior public high school. But, there is a catch.
A notable, perhaps excessive, proportion of those 100 students came from just one county, WKU’s own Warren County.