From elsewhere in The Post: One hundred Prince George’s county ninth graders are part of a new program that lets students earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time. Known as the middle college program, it targets disadvantaged youth and, officials say, gives “motivated students an extra edge, socially and economically, in pursuing their college dreams,” writes reporter Robert Samuels.

The project, created through a public school initiative called the Academy of Health Sciences, is the first of its kind in Maryland. It enrolls students full time on a college campus, unlike dual-enrollment programs that let high school students take select college courses.

Read Samuels article to find out how much the middle college program costs the state of Maryland, how selective it is and why more school systems hesitate to start similar programs.