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Craft Academy featured in KDE’s newsletter

Ratliff-M.jpgThe Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University’s Dr. Garrick Ratliff, assistant director for guidance counseling services, recently wrote the spotlight for the Kentucky Department of Education’s email newsletter.

Prior to the Craft Academy, Dr. Ratliff was assistant superintendent of the Robertson County School System. A multi-time MSU graduate, his degrees include a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Rank I, superintendent and director of pupil personnel certification, and a doctorate in education.

In an excerpt of the featured spotlight, Ratliff wrote:

“The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics School District is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the campus of Morehead State University, The Craft Academy consists of 120 of the top junior and senior high school students (60 boys and 60 girls) in the state. The Craft Academy meets the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework.

The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at the highest level. They are focused on a core of mathematics and science courses while engaging in electives in arts and humanities. In addition, the Craft Academy offers unique, project-based STEM+X courses that enrich educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.”

Additional information on the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is available at 606-783-2093 or online at