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How you can graduate college before high school in Charlotte

Levine Middle College High
Levine Middle College High Photo courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Graduation season is upon us, and a reader sent me a note with a curious twist: Her daughter has graduated from college before she’ll finish high school.

Tori Wentz earned an associates in arts degree from Central Piedmont Community College in a Thursday ceremony, a full week before she’ll cross the stage from her Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high school.

She’s a senior at Levine Middle College High School, a program for 11th and 12th grade students that requires dual enrollment in the two campuses. Students take both high school and college level classes. It’s billed as a way to earn free credit toward a degree or certificate – but based on this example it’s clear an industrious student can finish a program.

Here’s more information on CMS middle colleges.

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