New Orleans students receive their associate degree while in high school

By Metia Carroll

Thirty-four students from three KIPP New Orleans High Schools earned their associate degrees while still in high school.

KIPP says students from Frederick A. Douglass, Booker T. Washington and John F. Kennedy high schools received their associate degrees in art from Bard College on Saturday, May 11, and received their high school diploma on Friday, May 17.

Nine additional students also earned 45 or more credits, demonstrating their commitment to academic achievement.

“We are immensely proud of these students’ achievements,” said Stephanie Hinton, Bard Early College New Orleans Coordinator at KIPP New Orleans Schools. “Their hard work has paid off, and they have paved the way for more KIPP students to pursue elite liberal arts pathways.”

The program with Bard College allows the students to take college courses at the Frederick A. Douglass campus.

The district says this also gives students a head start on their bachelor’s degree and many students have attended colleges such as Columbia, Spelman, Howard, Tulane, Duke and Yale.

KIPP says many of the students in the class of 2024 are attending Spelman, Connecticut College, American University, Bard College, Villanova, and Duke University, as well as Louisiana schools including LSU, ULL, Dillard, UNO and ULM.

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