At 12 months old, Udit Basu started watching video tapes his parents rented from the library. He was writing at 18 months old.

At 12 months old, Udit Basu started watching video tapes his parents rented from the library. He was writing at 18 months old.

Now a 13-year-old Jackson Middle School student, he has passed high school algebra I and accelerated geometry courses, and currently is two years ahead of the typical college prep student in math and science, school officials said

No one in The South-Western City School District "has yet accelerated through our math and science programs as quickly as Udit has," said Erik Shuey, executive director for high schools.

In sixth grade, Basu took the ACT and SAT college entrance exams, earning math scores of 31 out of 36 and 690 out of 800, respectively.

Several other students have scored in a comparable range, Shuey said.

"The difference with Udit is his passion, not only in school, but his drive and passion outside of school," he said. "It is rare to see commitment and focus on academic learning outside of the school day at this level. This is where his success comes.

"It also is something that edifies his profound curious sensibilities," he said.

Shuey, the former Jackson Middle School principal, said Basu's innate curiosity that motivates him to learn outside the school day is "something that is very rare to see."

"It's almost not even age-appropriate how intrinsically motivated he is to learn," Shuey said.

Basu has a deep passion that is not typical of his age, said district gifted coordinator Kelley Rains. While many other children share his intelligence, it is this drive and commitment that set him apart, she said.

"If you give him an opportunity, he honestly will not let you down," Rains said.

While Basu takes advanced classes, his mother, Suparna Basu, chose to keep him with his age group for social reasons.

In addition to his love for astronomy, math and physics, Basu has played violin since the age of 4.

He plays for the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio and enjoys composing classical scores for the violin, viola, double bass and piano on his computer.

Basu also is a recently published author. He wrote "Star Struck: A 12-year-old narrates the compelling saga of our universe," starting when he was 11 years old. The book is published by Trafford Publishing, a print-on-demand company, and is available on websites such as and

Peppered with humor, the text tackles such subjects as the "big bang" theory, time travel and dark matter. The book had its beginnings when Basu, about 4 or 5 years old, constantly chattered to his parents about the universe.

"I kept bugging them," Basu said. Write a book, they told him, and he did. It was a short-lived project, about two pages total. Inspired by a sixth-grade science teacher, Basu revisited his book, writing most of it when he was in the seventh grade.

"The way I wrote this was more like a story," he said.