Teen earns associate's degree before high school graduation

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One local high schooler has a major head start on her college degree. (Lone Star College)

One local teen will earn her associate's degree weeks before she graduates from high school.

Kaitlyn McKinney is part of the first graduating class at iSchool High, a public charter school on the Lone Star College-Montgomery campus. She will graduate with 61 transferable credits that will count toward her psychology degree.

iSchool "blends high school and college into one educational experience, giving students a head start on both college and career," the school said in a news release. Students self-teach their high school curriculum at their own pace and spend remaining time taking college courses.

McKinney, who started taking college classes as a high school freshman, said she hopes to have her bachelor's degree by the time she turns 19 and her law degree by 2022.

Over four years, McKinney's parents only paid $125 for the program.

Two other students graduating with McKinney have also earned their associate's degrees.

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