Gilbert child prodigy to have high school diploma by age 12

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A Gilbert 10-year-old will have her high school diploma in just two years.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Ria Cheruvu, an Arizona Connections Academy student, is a genius. While most kids her age are starting fifth grade this school year, Ria is studying at the 10th-grade level and is on track to graduate from high school by the time she is 12.

3TV's Heidi Goitia talked to Ria to find out what she likes about Arizona Connections Academy.

Ria said it is all about the pacing.

"I get to do classes whenever I like," she said. "I can speed up when I'd like or I can take some time and break if I'd like. I can do whatever I want whenever I want with my classes."

That flexibility is one of Arizona Connections Academy's biggest selling points. Students can take extra time with their teachers when they need to or move faster through course materials if they are mastering the subject matter.

Ria's parents, Sunil and Sunitha, discovered their daughter was exceptional when she was just 18 months old. She was learning geometric shapes, the planets and even anatomy.

Ria's interest outside of class include playing piano, dancing, singing, swimming, horseback riding, golfing, acting and playing chess.

With backgrounds in computer science, the Cheruvus say that is the direction they would like to see Ria take. The choice, however, is hers.

Arizona Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school with 2,000 students enrolled statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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