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Researchers have been tracking Jose Arriaga since he was 4 years old, waiting for the day he would start ninth grade.

This fall, Jose is a freshman at Booker T. Washington High School, a selective public school in north Tulsa, Okla. And no one is more proud of him than his mother, Veronica Arriaga. “He’s been a straight-A student throughout middle school,” Mrs. Arriaga says in Spanish. “That’s why he’s here.”

Jose agrees. He says preschool gave him a big jump-start: “Once I got into kindergarten and first grade, I knew how to count, read … and everything got easier from there.”