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West Liberty University Opens "Advanced Academy of West Virginia"

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West Liberty University has announced a program that will allow students to start college in their junior or senior year of high school.

It's called The Advanced Academy of West Virginia, and it's a unique program that allows highly motivated students to attend high school and college at the same time.

They say the Advanced Academy of West Virginia is not for everybody.

At first, it's only available to students from Ohio and Marshall counties.

And even then, they will only take the juniors and seniors who are motivated and are high achievers.

They can apply now and start with the first class in the fall.

"In the fall, instead of going to their classes at their high school, they will actually take classes at West Liberty University and those classes will count as college credit but they'll also count for your high school graduation," said Robin Capehart, West Liberty University president.

A student who starts the academy in his or her junior year could conceivably graduate with 60 college credits along with a high school diploma.

It's not the same as advanced placement classes in high school.

Academy classes will be taught at the University, by University professors.

And they say students who are involved in activities at their high school can still be involved.

"And still be part of our school family at Wheeling Park High School, being able to participate in extra-curricular activities, be able to go to the dances and be an active member in Wheeling Park High School at the same time," said George Krelis, Ohio County Schools superintendent.

They don't lose their identity as a student of their high school.

They'll graduate from their high school, but with a large part of college already accomplished.

And they say it will appeal to parents because the college credits will be offered at a low cost.

For more information, the number to call is (304) 336-8844.