Sixty-three students make up the current class of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University. Director Ron Keller says this fourth year is going well, and interest remains strong around the state for future classes. The fifth year class already has been recruited and work is underway on the sixth.
The academy is made up of high school juniors and seniors, who complete their high school diplomas while earning college credit at Fort Hays State. Eighty percent of the academy graduates have chosen to remain in Kansas to further their education.
Keller says state budget issues reduced the class sizes, but they are on the increase again. Under the legislation creating KAMS, each class can have 40 students plus eight international.