Teen with shaky knowledge beats system through online school course credits

online-school-ryanSage Ryan, who turned 15 the other day, is no super genius. He avoids math when he can, yet he's just entered UC Berkeley - as a junior.

"I'm not Doogie Howser. I do believe any kid can do this," said Ryan, a sandy-haired boy about 5-foot-4 who moved into a meat-free student co-op but will go home to San Francisco most weekends.

UC Berkeley has had its share of kid geniuses. Most come to the top-ranked university as freshmen, including a 12-year-old...

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