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Local Student Gets Perfect ACT Score

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Samuel Butcher was in the 5th grade when he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, and Dublin City Schools developed a plan for him. But when he got to high school, things started to get complicated.

"All of a sudden, you have got to stop your experiment or stop what you are doing and go to the next class. And all of that interruption and all that sort of chaos was hard," said Jennifer Butcher, Samuel's mother.

Samuel focused on subjects he liked, and it was hard for him to just drop focus and switch from class to class. His mother said he was not getting the support he needed and found an alternative with Ohio Connections Academy.

"He can go as far as he wants. If he wants to do a weeks' worth of physics in one day, he can do that and he can manage himself," said Jennifer.

Ohio Connections Academy is an online public charter school. Teacher Kyle George said the school's format can help students with special needs.

"We are not held to the same strict structures that traditional schooling is, especially when it comes to the amount of time teachers have individually," said George.

Samuel is taking several AP courses including Japanese. In fact, Samuel is doing so well he got a perfect score on his ACT exam.

"I was very, very much surprised. I was hoping for a 35 and I got a 36," said Samuel.

It's an honor that only 1,186 students achieve out of 1.8 million students who take the test.

Samuel said that switching to an online school has changed his life.

"Sometimes kids just need flexibility. Sometimes they just need to have the option be set in front of them," Samuel said.

College is in his future and his mother is hoping those ACT scores will open doors for him that were closed before.

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