Tell Us Your Story: Early Graduation - Institute for Educational Advancement

Tell Us Your Story: Early Graduation

It is not uncommon for gifted students to finish their high school coursework before the age of 18. At this juncture they must decide whether to pursue early college admission, or other options. When done correctly, allowing a student to advance academically can be a very positive experience; however, acceleration is not right for every gifted child, nor is advancement a fix-all for under-challenged students. In honor of Higher Education Day, we’d like to hear from anyone who has chosen to graduate early, enter college early, taken a gap year, or pursued alternative educational experiences. Here are a few guiding questions:

  • Do you have a child or know a young person who entered college early? What was their experience?
  • If you have a child or know someone who went in a different direction, tell us about it!
  • Do you have any additional resources or research to share?


If you are interested in learning more about acceleration, here are a few resources:

A Nation Deceived (2004)
Read the Full Report Here

A Nation Empowered (2015)
Purchase the Report Here

Types of Acceleration and their Effectiveness
A Helpful Guide from the Davidson Institute


  • A Young Legend
    Posted at 16:43h, 08 September Reply

    I am graduating high school and college at 16 years old. I will receive my high school diploma and Associate of Science Degree this December of 2017. I was lucky to not have to pay for classes and books with the help of dual enrollment. I also have a blog,, that documents my experiences as I juggle high school and college. I share stories of “young legends” around the country that have done amazing things, despite their age. Check out my blog and subscribe if you like what you see!

    I read more about your organization and I love that you fund the opportunity for talented students to continue their education.

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