NEWS BRIEF Jeremy Schuler, a 12-year-old boy from Texas, just began his freshman year at Cornell University’s engineering school.
The prodigious youngster, who’s been covered in national and local news, has been reading in English and Korean since age 2, taught himself chemistry by age 11, and earned his high-school diploma from a special online program called the Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) “that allows K-12 students to earn credits at their own pace,” according to a story about Schuler on the program’s website.
Jeremy’s mother, who grew up in Seoul, and his father are both aerospace engineers, and they’ve opted to homeschool their son for his entire academic life.
“Early on we realized Jeremy wasn’t really ordinary,” said his mother, Harrey Schuler, who put her career on hold to focus on her son’s education. “We briefly considered sending him to a charter school or a school for the gifted and talented, but in the end there wasn’t much of a choice because he was way too advanced to be enrolled in any traditional schools. So I quit my career to dedicate my time to teaching Jeremy myself. I have been homeschooling him ever since.”
Now, though, Jeremy needs more strenuous academic challenges. He applied to colleges in the fall of 2015, was accepted to Cornell Engineering in March of this year, and just recently began his coursework.