Ds13 started at a small private school last year, after several years of unschooling. He was assessed for social issues and anxiety. The verdict was that he's highly gifted, socially awkward, and anxious (surprise!), plus he has a relatively slow processing speed and executive function issues.
This year he's in 9th grade. He has a 504 plan that allows him extra time on tests and class assignments. He doesn't always need it-- where he really needs a grace period is on homework and longer projects. I am "in negotiation" with the school, so to speak, to see if this can happen.
Due to ds often turning in homework late, or forgetting to turn it in at all, his grades are not very good. He gets A's on tests and classwork, then zeros on homework!
He likes school, but I am seriously considering not sending him back next year, and hs'ing again. There are good reasons for both choices. I am thinking, though, that he has a better chance of getting scholarships and getting into college if we go back to homeschooling.
My thought is that as a hs'er, he won't have bad grades to show. He'll have a "resume," portfolio, and SAT scores, which will show his strengths. His learning is not the problem-- certain kinds of output are. And luckily, he is good at multiple choice tests.
Am I wrong? Would it be to ds' advantage to not have lackluster report cards following him around? What's it like to apply to colleges as a homeschooler these days?