MARIETTA, Ga. — He’s 12 years old, and he just started his sophomore year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, majoring in aerospace engineering.
According to a report by 11Alive News, this milestone is just another in a string of exceptional accomplishments for Caleb Anderson.
The Marietta, Georgia, boy learned sign language before he could verbally communicate, could read the United States Constitution at age 2 and qualified for MENSA at age 3, the report said, and while learning English as his first language, he learned Spanish, French and Mandarin too.
According to Caleb’s family, “By nine months old, he was able to sign over 250 words, and by 11 months old, he was speaking and reading,” the report stated.
Caleb’s dad, Kobi, explained: “As we started to interact with other parents and had other children, then we started to realize how exceptional this experience was, because we had no other frame of reference.”
When Caleb joined MENSA at age 5, his family said they were told “he was the youngest African-American boy to be accepted at the time.”
After flying through elementary, middle and high school, the report said, Caleb believed he was ready for college.
The report cited Caleb’s mom, Claire, who said she recalled her son saying: “Mom, I’m bored. This is not challenging. It’s really not helping me grow in my learning, and I think I’m ready for college.”
His dad chaperones him on campus because of his age, the report said.
When asked by 11Alive what it was like being a college freshman at his age, Caleb replied, “It was exactly how I expected it to be like, if I were 18 or something,” the report quoted.
The Andersons, who have two other gifted children, Aaron and Hannah, “wanted others to know that there are more like Caleb than they might think,” the report said.
“I think people have a negative perspective when it comes to African-American boys," his mom Claire said. "There are many other Calebs out there, African-American boys like him. From being a teacher, I really believe that. But they don’t have the opportunity or the resources.”
What’s on the horizon for Caleb? On track to graduate at age 14, he hopes to go on to Georgia Tech and, maybe, MIT, the report said.
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