The first bell hasn’t yet rung at Georgia’s Kell High and a dozen seniors have logged another class in Calculus II taught by a Georgia Tech professor. The class is in progress miles away on Tech’s North Avenue campus. The north Cobb high school students join through video conferencing.

Five of the students in Kell math teacher Sara Griffin’s class will be getting college credit as well as earning grades toward high school graduation in the distance learning classes.

These are Kell’s super advanced math students, a handful who relish the challenge of multivariable equations. Most will go on to Calculus III next semester.

High school students are increasingly taking advantage of programs to earn college credits, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. One report showed that half of all colleges and universities in the nation enrolled high school students in courses for college credit in 2002-03.

Kell is one of only 12 high schools in Georgia–all in Cobb or Fulton–taking part in Tech’s distance learning classes for dual credit.

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