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Augustus Madsen, a sophomore at Harrison County High School, has been accepted to the 2015 class at The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science-a residential high school on the campus of WKU in Bowling Green.
The Gatton Academy selected 70 Kentucky residents this year to attend the program.
Gatton Academy applicants are high school sophomores who will have completed geometry, algebra I and algebra II by the end of their sophomore year.
Students are selected based on SAT or ACT scores; academic grades from ninth and tenth grades; interest in advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and math; student responses to application essay questions; interviews by academy staff members; and recommendations from teachers and other individuals who can attest to a student’s need and preparedness for the program.
The family attended a preview day in November, and two weeks ago made the trip so that Madsen could be interviewed.
Instead of spending their junior and senior years in traditional high schools, students enroll in the Gatton Academy and live in a uniquely dedicated Gatton Academy residence hall.
Taking courses offered by WKU, their classmates are fellow Gatton Academy students and WKU undergraduate students.
At the end of two years, Gatton Academy students will have earned 60 college credit hours in addition to completing high school.
Test scores and any nationally recognized achievements such as state assessment scores, ACT/SAT scores, and national merit awards earned by the students will be credited to the home high school.  
Academy students will be able to participate in their home high school senior class ceremonies-Madsen will graduate with his HCHS class in 2015.
The academy  is funded by the Kentucky General Assembly with no cost to the family.