Can one graduate early from a boarding school?

Hi, I have a newbie question. I am already taking AP courses at my current private high school (9th grade). If I stay at my current school, I’m on trajectory to earn enough credits to graduate in 3 years.

This summer, however, I’ll be starting as a 10th grader at a top boarding school. Do you think it’s possible to graduate early too if I meet all the academic requirements?

I know the policy could vary from one school to another, but I just wanted to check with the knowledgeable parents and alumni here before I ask them. You guys have been my best residue so far as I’m the first one in my family to attend BS. Thank you!

Hope that you mean best “resource” rather than residue :wink:

Do you want to finish early? You’re only getting 3 years in what’s typically a 4 year journey. If it’s a financial thing, I get it. Otherwise…

As for whether it’s possible/allowed, I sort of doubt it but in extreme situations, as in not only have you finished the top level of any/all courses offered, but have also outstripped the school’s ability to create custom classwork for you, then maybe?

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Can you? Yes, depending on the school. Should you? Probably not without a really good rationale.

For most schools, the question is moot, as almost all will require X number of credits at their school regardless of previous credits earned. And keep in mind, most BS do not allow credit for summer work from other schools.


Not the best idea. That’s one less year of extracurriculars, academics, etc. for college applications. Plus, why would you want to? You should take advantage of everything the school offers.

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I know a guy graduated from Exeter in two years:

He left home for high school, attending Philips Exeter Academy, a selective prep school in New Hampshire. There, he whipped through his academics with lightning speed, graduating after two years, at age 16, with advanced placements in mathematics, physics, American and European history, and Latin.

Then Mochizuki enrolled at Princeton University where, again, he finished ahead of his peers, earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in three years and moving quickly onto his Ph.D, which he received at age 23.

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Thank you for all the responses above. I am from an average income family, and my immediate family had all gone to public schools for college, mostly on scholarship.

I am asking this question because I will be on partial aid at the BS and do not want to incur extra burden on my parents. They could probably go into their home equity but that’s not what I’d like to see.

Thanks again!

There are numerous factors:

  1. What is your long-term goal for college or university? The cost factor in both is expected to be considerably higher than high school. Staying an extra year and building a resume will help in applying to post-secondary.
  2. Have the conversation with the school regarding FA. It never hurts to ask…and the sooner the better.
  3. Going into it the FA assessment would be based on family cash flows normally. So I am confused why this would change in your last year…unless circumstances have changed…again communicate with the school.
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From Wiki, he ain’t just any guy:

Mochizuki proved Grothendieck’s conjecture on anabelian geometry in 1996. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998.[7] In 2000-2008 he discovered several new theories including the theory of frobenioids, mono-anabelian geometry and the etale theta theory for line bundles over tempered covers of the Tate curve.

On August 30, 2012 Mochizuki released four preprints, whose total size was about 500 pages, that develop inter-universal Teichmüller theory and apply it to attempt to prove several very famous problems in Diophantine geometry.[8] These include the strong Szpiro conjecture, the hyperbolic Vojta conjecture and the abc conjecture over every number field.