When you meet Haley Taylor Schlitz for the first time, she looks like any typical 16-year-old teenager who loves to hang out with her friends and watch Black Panther over and over, but what you might not know about her is her remarkable story.
Hayley, 16, has a remarkable story that sets her apart from her peers when she was only 13 years old when she graduated from high school, and when she was 16 she received 9 letters of acceptance from different law schools.
Her fast-paced academic journey drew a lot of attention online and even featured on shows like Good Morning America.
Among the law schools that offered her admission to their programs are Howard University, Texas Southern University and the University of Arkansas.
In May, she graduated at the same time with an Associate and Bachelor’s degree, and is now scheduled to attend her law classes at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Haley accelerated education
Hayley’s journey began with home schooling, starting in fifth grade, after her parents decided to remove her from the public school system and opt for home schooling, and this proved to be one of the best decisions they made.
Her mother, Dr. Myiesha Taylor, after seeing her daughter lose her passion for learning and knowing her academic gift from an early age, decided to take a bold move by moving her from public school to private home-based schooling.
Speaking at her home school, she said she was taught to pass exams in public schools at the end of every grade, but she wasn’t really taught to learn.
While still in public school, she was not allowed to enter the gifted program but was tested privately after leaving the public school system.
She graduated from high school at age 13 and began attending Tarrant County College, and soon after she enrolled in Texas Women’s University.
Initially, she wanted to pursue medicine like her mother, but after finding it hard to get enrolled, she decided to pursue the law in the hope of combating the educational inequalities that existed.
She applied for law from different universities and was offered a place to study in 9 different top universities, but decided to enroll at Southern Methodist University, which ranks among the top 50 law schools in the United States.
Author of her own book at 16
Haley is not only a gifted student, but also a co-writer of her own book with her mother, The Home School Alternative, which seeks to help black parents by giving them a home school guide.
Haley’s future plans
Her ultimate ambition after graduating from SMU is to practice law, eventually starting her own school, which will increase opportunities for gifted young girls of color just like her.
This is a truly inspiring story that you don’t come across every day!