High School:

The District GATES Resource Teacher hosts morning seminars on a regular basis at each high school. GATES students are invited to attend these before school meetings centered on topics relevant to the needs of gifted high school students and possible services.

The following are GATES-Sponsored programs that are open to all OCS students who apply and meet rigorous qualifications for acceptance. GATES students are encouraged to take advantage of these unique opportunities.  GATES Coordinators will send information to students and the information will be posted on the district’s website closer to the time each is offered. 

Oldham County Leadership Academy

This program is currently underway; applications will be posted in January/February for the 2019-20 school year.

Students apply in January of their sophomore year to participate as juniors in this select group made up of students representing all three high schools. Students study leadership qualities and collaborate to design a culminating project.  

More information about OCLA

Students completing eighth through eleventh grades may choose to take this combination course. Fit for Life is the PE portion, which is taken during the summer plus five Saturdays during the fall, and is paired with an on-line health course. Taking the health/PE credit in this way gives students the benefit of more flexibility in their high school schedules.  Applications are released in January.

More information about Fit for Life

Oldham County Summer Scholars

This program is currently underway; applications will be posted in January/February for the 2019-20 school year.

OCSS is a competitive academic summer program for students who have completed seventh through eleventh grades.  Selected students will choose an intensive area of study for a week long class.  Applications are released in January. 

More information about OCSS

Students in grades 9-11 have the opportunity to tour five universities in 2 days via tour bus.  Information is released in November about registration for this trip that takes place in late February.


Middle School:

Each middle school has a GATES coordinator who serves students through intentional scheduling, clubs and other programs specific to their school.

The following is a GATES-Sponsored program that is open to all OCS students who apply and meet rigorous qualifications for acceptance. GATES students are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity.  GATES Coordinators will send information to students and the information will be posted on the district’s website closer to the time it is offered.

Junior Leadership Academy

This program is currently underway; applications will be posted in January/February for the 2019-20 school year.

Seventh graders apply in February to participate in this program their eighth grade year, if selected. Twenty-four students (six from each middle school) join together to develop leadership skills.

More information about JLA

Oldham County Summer Scholars

This program is currently underway; applications will be posted in January/February for the 2019-20 school year.

OCSS is a competitive academic summer program for students who have completed seventh through eleventh grades.  Selected students will choose an intensive area of study for a week long class.  Applications are released in January.

More information about OCSS

All OC middle schools participate in FLL Robotics. Student applications are available at each middle school the week following spring break (Rising 5th graders pick-up applications at their elementary school). Students are selected for school teams at a summer tryout camp. The FLL season begins in August. School coaches set practice dates and times.


Elementary School:

District GATES Coordinator provides services for students in grades 4-5 from all elementary schools. Typically, GATES class meets twice a month in a pull-out setting. Detailed information regarding schedule of sessions will be sent to parents shortly after school begins and classroom routines are established.


Visual and Performing Arts:

GATES VPA students are offered a scholarship for a free class or half-price private lessons each quarter at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center (OCSAC). Contact the Arts Center at 241-6018 each quarter to enroll.