Craft Academy to open doors to 60 top-performing high school juniors in August

06/11/2015 03:06 PM

FRANKFORT — This August, Kentucky’s second dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students will open on the campus of Morehead State University.

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will welcome 60 high school juniors this August who will take college-level classes that will give students at least two years of college credits.

Kentucky’s other dual-credit residential high school for exceptional students, the Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science, has been recognized nationally since it opened on the campus of Western Kentucky University in 2008.

Carol Christian, director of the Craft Academy, says that while the academy is open to students from all 120 counties to apply, one goal was to get more students from eastern Kentucky.

“We had a strategic recruitment effort to hopefully gets students from the 6th Congressional District,” Christian told Pure Politics after the Interim Joint Committee on Education meeting Monday. “We do have a strong emphasis on eastern Kentucky. We want our students to come back and impact the growth and economic development of Kentucky.”

Christian says having a role model like the Gatton Academy, which has been recognized for the past three years as the top public high school in the nation by Newsweek and the Daily Beast, is a huge asset for Craft, and she hopes to follow that school’s success.

“We’re not in competition with Gatton, we’re in collaboration with them,” Christian said. “We want to help people and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so we’ve come together on this effort.”

Craft Academy applicants for next year must:

  • Be a current resident of the state of Kentucky
  • Be a high school sophomore
  • Complete geometry, algebra I and algebra II prior to enrollment
  • Score a minimum of 18 in English, 22 in reading, and 22 in math on the ACT, and submit a completed application and all required materials no later than Feb. 1, 2016.


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