HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A 9-year-old boy in Pennsylvania has done something other children his age will take another nine years to do: graduate high school and begin college.
Soon after starting with Harrisburg-based Reach Cyber Charter School, David Balogun tested out of elementary and middle school and started his high school curriculum.
“I finished eighth grade in 2 1/2 months and then I started high school,” Balogun explained to Nexstar’s WHTM. He said attending school remotely allowed him to excel at a faster pace.
His mother, Ronya Balogun, said his journey began two years earlier.
“When he heard the word ‘STEM’ program, at 7 years old, he was jumping up and down. I said ‘OK, this is where we’re going, this is what we’re doing.’ He loved it from the first moment. It’s been an amazing journey,” she told WHTM.
As a high school graduate, David is now taking classes at Buck County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and together as a family, they’re exploring what’s next.
They’re currently looking into Ivy League schools — including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard — but living on campus is not an option for the 9-year-old.
“It’s something we really have to think about really seriously,” Dr. Henry Balogun, David’s father, explained.
David said that after he finishes college, he’d like to become an astrophysicist.