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College Board Advanced Placement Program Innovate Kentucky: Create a Spark Little Learners, Big Ideas

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

World Council for Gifted & Talented Children

National Association for Gifted Children

The Association for the Gifted

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky

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Two generations of campers soak up SCATS experience

Much like the hereditary traits that determine a child’s eye color or whether they have dimples, parents often pass down experiences that changed their lives. Some parents found SCATS so transformative during their youth that they sent their children as campers this summer.

Campers look for new learning opportunities in familiar classes

For returning campers, a second year in their favorite class can bring new opportunities and even greater learning.

Campers learn teamwork skills

Whether it's working with partners, hallmates, groups, or teams, SCATS campers have learned that cooperation leads to fun, new experiences — in and out of class.

Problem solving classes push campers into the gray area

The problem-solving aspect of SCATS classes has pushed campers to approach problems differently than they often do in school.

Veteran SCATS teachers relish working with students

For some SCATS teachers who return year after year, the two weeks of teaching campers is the highlight of their summer.

Fun, learning fill campers' days

Friendships and fun are as much a part of SCATS as classroom learning. From the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed, residential campers spend much of their time with hallmates.

SCATS campers learn practicality of chemistry

In Chemistry of Everyday, SCATS campers learn about the beauty of chemistry and how it affects their daily lives.

The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students

For gifted students who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade, The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) presents a unique learning environment to explore new ideas, develop concepts, make friends, and share experiences. SCATS classes open doors to new areas of learning for gifted young people and provide a comfortable social atmosphere where they can be who they truly are.

SCATS provides a diverse curriculum and a wide range of enrichment experiences for about 200 middle school students every summer. A two-week program, SCATS provides both residential and nonresidential options. Nonresidential students attend classes and return home in the afternoon. Residential campers live in an air-conditioned residence hall on WKU's campus.

From almost thirty different course options, students are placed in four of their top ten choices and attend those classes every day. Class choices range from arts and humanities to mathematics and sciences, opening the doors to a wide variety of interests. Teachers provide students with a great deal of individualized attention in the classroom. SCATS classes go beyond the limitations of the traditional classroom to allow students to learn at higher levels and to think and create in their own ways.

Though academics are at the heart of SCATS, emphasis is also placed on the social aspects of camp. When not in class, students are likely to be playing sports, participating in cookouts, dances, and talent shows, or hanging out on the lawn in front of their residence hall, playing music, making crafts, and getting to know each other. Enjoying learning is the norm at SCATS, where students find peers who share a wide range of academic and social interests. In many cases, the friendships students form at SCATS are life-long. “It’s not just a learning camp,” one participant remarked. “It’s a place where you feel accepted, loved and respected by your friends. A place you will never want to leave.”


"My middle Tennessee middle schooler had a life changing experience at SCATS and is motivated to do the 5 week challenge!! We highly recommend SCATS to all motivated middle school students who want an enriching summer."  - Lisa Lipscomb

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Dates:  June 12 - 24, 2016








Parent Visit Form

Please CLICK HERE to view and download the parent visit form. This form is for parents who would like to pick up their child for a visit during camp, and is limited to parents of the students only.


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