Fort Worth, Texas sixteen-year-old Haley Taylor Schlitz and her thirteen-year-old brother, Ian Taylor Schlitz, are unquestionably living examples of being young, black, and truly gifted. The homeschooled teenagers are on the way to law school and to enjoying the college-life, respectively.

Schlitz was recently accepted into the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, after having mastered Texas Woman’s University.


“As a homeschooling family, my mother was determined to create an educational environment for each of us that allowed us to grow at our own speed.  She built an entire curriculum based on our likes and core skills.  We did everything,” Haley explained to “We did math and science, she taught a lot of that since she has a B.S. in chemistry, and we did a lot of extracurricular activities.”

In addition to creating a top-notch educational environment, Schlitz’s mother, Dr. Myiesha Taylor, wanted to make sure that her children were well-rounded. Schlitz and her brother participated in a myriad of extracurricular activities such as Jack and Jill, Rhoer Club of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated and Alpha Academy, hosted by the Beta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“I never loved football or any other sports. I liked to read and use technology to do new things. Being homeschooled allowed me to break free of stereotypes and focus on my interest,” Ian told

Ian is in his first year at Tarrant County Community College. Afterwards, he would like to transfer to the University of Texas, Dallas in the fall of 2019, where, it just so happens, that too was recently accepted.

In addition to her seemingly ever-growing list of accolades, Schlitz and her mother also published, The Homeschool Alternative, a book together about their homeschool experiences.

Although, Schlitz applied to many schools and was accepted, she had a great reason for picking SMU. “I am excited to share I will be attending SMU Dedman School of Law. It is a top 50 law school, and it allows me to stay close to home. I will finish my law degree in 2022 at the age of 19.”

We unquestionably cannot wait to see what what the future holds for these two outstanding siblings. We know that the sky is not the limit for them!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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