High-school students who take college classes don’t always save time — or money

Rudy Gutierrez
Students work on problems in their Algebra 2 class at Valle Verde Early College High School in El Paso, Texas. There students can work towards their high school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time.

This is the third in a six-part series of stories about programs that offer high-school students the opportunity to take college classes.

The series was produced with support from the Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship program. (Read parts one, two, four, five and six).

By any measure, Summer Baptiste is impressive.

The 18-year-old graduated from Chicago’s Kenwood Academy High School last year not only as her class valedictorian, but with an associate’s degree from City Colleges of Chicago.

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