Finish high school with bachelor’s degree? At 1 Florida school, yes

Students participate in exercises at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Image AP

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – At tuition-free Florida Atlantic University High School, all students can simultaneously earn their high school diploma and bachelor’s degree.

Education officials say it appears to be the nation’s only such school.

About eight of each year’s graduating class of 130 accomplish that feat and nearly 100 percent get their degree by 19.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the school’s administrators know of no other program like it.

The 540 students spend most of their sophomore, junior and senior years at Florida Atlantic University studying alongside older students.

Some of the students come from 50 miles away to attend the unique program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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