Student finishes

honors math course


TURNER – Caela Waite, a student from Turner, has completed honors algebra through the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth academic programs for gifted second- through 12th-graders this summer.

Waite qualified for the special program by participating in the center’s academic talent search, which accepts applications from early September to late May. Students in seventh- and eighth-grade take the SAT or ACT – the same tests taken by college-bound juniors and seniors.

Waite qualified to take the SAT when she was 11 by scoring better than 98 percent of seventh-graders from across the country on her quantative reasoning standardized test and better than 97 percent on the verbal reasoning.

She then took the SAT just after her 12th birthday and scored better than 40 percent of college-bound high school juniors and seniors without having taken any advanced math courses above pre-algebra. Waite just completed honors algebra through Johns Hopkins CTY distance education. She scored a 95 on the final exam and an A for the course, which encompassed all of algebra I and much of algebra II at an honors level of difficulty. She used independent study time at Tripp Middle School as well as home computer time to complete the course.

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