What an incredible feat for this LDS family.
It’s not often that students who haven’t graduated from high school take a direct route to college, especially if they are years younger than most graduates. For one family, however—Stan and Melanie Jensen and their four children—it’s getting to be a tradition.
Last October, the two oldest Jensen siblings achieved perfect scores on the ACT exam for college admittance when they were only 14 and 16 years old. Both Ryan and Rachel along with their younger sisters Sabrina, 12, and Athena, 9, have been homeschooled.
Now, Ryan and Rachel have been admitted to Brigham Young University, which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family, who for the past 20 years have lived in Houston’s Shepherd Forest neighborhood, is moving from Texas to Utah so that Ryan and Rachel can continue to live at home while attending college at the main campus in Provo.
Years ago, Ryan and Rachel’s mother started college when she was just as young.
“Our goal was never to set records,” Melanie stresses. “When we took this route, we committed to try hard to do what’s best for each of our children. We promised that, when they were ready for college—at whatever age—we would provide them the resources to continue their education at a high-ranking national university.”