CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Paying for college? Can you do it without going broke? CMS student Sierra Easter has figured how to save money while going to high school.
Sierra is graduating from Cato Middle College High School and is college-bound, headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.
But, she'll go in under very special circumstances; she has enough college credit to enter as a junior.
"If you go to Cato you'll still have friends, sports and clubs, but your academics are like times one thousand,” Sierra said.
Students need to have completed their sophomore year and have a 2.5 GPA to attend CATO.
CMS provides city bus passes for students who don’t live near the Grier Road campus, and the school system also allows students to partake in extracurricular activities through their home schools.
“My first question to the students who have graduated is ‘Were you prepared?’ They all tell me they were fully prepared for college because they had navigated a college campus and navigated the registration process and navigated a course syllabus,” explained Principal Joey Burch.
For the first time, his program is now full and students are on a waiting list for next year.
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