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Teen boy skips high school, starts college as junior

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Sage Ryan began taking college courses at age 11, skipped high school, and is now a college junior at the age of 15. (Source: KPIX/CNN) Sage Ryan began taking college courses at age 11, skipped high school, and is now a college junior at the age of 15. (Source: KPIX/CNN)

(KPIX/CNN) – A boy in California has managed to skip high school and go right into his third year of college.

Sage Ryan, who just recently turned 15, is a junior transfer student at the University of California at Berkley. He says he realized early on that traditional school wasn't for him.

So, starting at the age of 11, his mom, who is a math teacher, signed him up for community college classes that didn't have age requirements.

That led to UCLA extension classes, and he earned enough credits to transfer as a junior to U.C. Berkeley.

He's defending his path, saying he did not “cheat” the system.

“Legally, I was home-schooled,” Ryan said. “According to the government, I was a home-school person but I was taking classes at West L.A. College on campus and online at Citrus College. Hacked is the word that my mom liked to use when I was little. It's not cheating the system. It's looping the system in a way that avoid all the stuff that does not need to be put in education.

Ryan is majoring in theatre.

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