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A dual graduation for Bharat Sanders

April 2013
A dual graduation for Bharat Sanders

While most seventeen-year-olds are dreaming of their high school graduation and the big world ahead of them, Bharat Sanders is graduating with a high school diploma from Johns Creek High School as well as an associate degree in mathematics from Georgia Perimeter College in May, all thanks to the dual enrollment program.

Sanders hit upon the idea for dual enrollment when he realized that the Advanced Placement classes that he wanted to take in high school were the same ones that he could take at GPC without having to go through the rigorous AP exam. After taking AP classes, you have to take an exam to determine whether you will get credit or not. He applied to GPC and enrolled through the Accel Program and the Move On When Ready program. Both programs have specific requirements for eligibility and cover tuition, books, and other expenses.

After being accepted at GPC last year, Sanders only took one class at Johns Creek High School but that hasn’t deterred him from having a high school experience. An accomplished classical pianist, Sanders is also president of a book club and a biology club. He also works at a North Fulton tutoring center.

The dual enrollment program has benefited Sanders in more than just career acceleration. He believes that the real world experience that he gained by going to college with a diverse population of students is invaluable.

Sanders wants to attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has already been accepted, and eventually head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study brain sciences.

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