New school to give Eastern Ky. students option similar to Gatton just closer to home

05/08/2014 06:11 PM

MOREHEAD—Seeking to give the state’s best and brightest another educational option, a new school is looking to use the model of a successful statewide magnet school to attract students from other regions of the state — particularly the east.

The Gatton Academy, located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, serves as a magnet school for 126 of the best students in the state, especially in that key area of STEM — which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

For the last two years, Newsweek has named the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science as the nation’s top high school. By nearly all accounts, the program has been a roaring success.

However, the Gatton Academy struggles to attract and keep good students from the eastern part of the state.

And that is where the Craft Academy will come in. Named for Joe Craft, who kicked in $4 million to start the school, the academy will be located on the campus of Morehead State University.

As Don Weber reports, the General Assembly has also invested in trying to double Gatton’s success by creating the twin academy in Eastern Kentucky, which educators hope will reach more of the best students from that region.

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