For gifted students who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade, SCATS presents a unique learning environment to explore new ideas, develop concepts, make friends, and share experiences.
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 ranging from arts and humanities to mathematics and sciences, students are placed in four of their top ten choices and attend those classes every day. 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.”
Learn more about the SCATS experience by exploring the stories and photo galleries from recent years below.