The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at Western Kentucky University was named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for the ninth consecutive year.

The Washington Post’s Challenge Index recognizes schools that challenge average students. Thirty top-performing schools, including The Gatton Academy, were excluded from the regular list because, as the newspaper states, “their admission rules and standardized test scores indicate they have few or no average students.” Instead, these schools are named to the list of top-performing schools with elite students.

The Gatton Academy was included among the nation’s 30 most distinguished public high schools.

“We are excited and honored to be considered among the best schools in the country. We are proud to represent Kentucky’s commitment to education,” said Dr. Lynette Breedlove, director of The Gatton Academy. “The Gatton Academy’s unusual model provides bright, highly motivated students with the academic rigor they crave and the social-emotional support they need. Our school’s success is shared with schools and districts across the Commonwealth that prepare students for our environment and with WKU faculty and staff who challenge our students in their college classrooms.”

The Washington Post’s recognition highlighted the partnership between The Gatton Academy and WKU. Gatton Academy students earn more than 60 hours of college credit from WKU during four semesters in the program while also earning a high school diploma.