SPRING HILL — In this tiny graduating class, it is significant that each is leaving (or left earlier in the year) with a college-level associate of arts degree.
All three Wider Horizons School seniors, Ariana Bond, Aarish Hasan and Samantha Pippinger, have managed to be able to leave high school with this head start.
The students scored very high on the SAT. Ariana scored 2170, with a perfect 800 in the writing section. She plans to attend Florida State University to study meteorology.
Aarish scored a 2030 and has been accepted into the medical honors program at the University of Florida.
Samantha has been attending the University of Tampa honors program since January.
Wider Horizons School has several juniors on track to accomplish the same thing as these seniors. They also scored well on their SATs: Conor Zhang, with a 2040; Pranav Lokin, 1800; Tylor Hubbard, 1670; and Kingsley Barte, 1550. Sophomore Melissa Holgado scored 1940.
While the school's three seniors have completed or will have completed their associate's degrees by the end of the school year, all of the school's juniors are dual-enrolled and expected to accomplish the same thing by next year's end.
The sophomores will all be dual-enrolled next year, too.
Kingsley credits the school for its students' successes, saying, "Our high school math, science and English programs are so comprehensive that the college work is easy for us."
Wider Horizons School's dual-enrolled students must receive nothing less than a B to continue taking classes. The graduating seniors have 4.0 grade-point averages.