Renaissance High grads complete 2-year-degree

Posted at 5:32 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 00:28:26-04
Nearly half of the students at one valley high school have graduated from Idaho State University with an associates degree before they've even received their high school diplomas.
61 students out of the 148 graduating seniors at Renaissance High School in Meridian completed enough college credits to earn their associated degrees while still in high school.
Those students are now in junior standing with many colleges around the country.
Idaho State University already had its graduation night earlier this year, while Renaissance does so later this week, so technically those students received their associated degrees before they even graduated high school.
"If you would have gone and spent those two years at one of our states universities, paying tuition for all of your credits, $14,000 a year is an easy estimate for each of those two years so it really gives them a leg up both in terms of getting done sooner and in terms of what it is going to cost them to get through college," said Eric Exline, spokesman for the West Ada School District. 
West Ada School District plans to expand the program to Eagle High School next year.