(I am also posting this in the Learning at School forum)
My soon to be 11 yo DS has chosen to attend a very high-level academic charter middle school next school year. He isn't in yet, we have a lottery system, but he is really, really wanting to go. The issue is he is a very high achiever in sport, he is one of the top U11 soccer players in our state and also rock climbs, albeit at a lower key level, but still excels. He is also a high achiever in school, and at this new school he will likely get between one and two hours of homework a night in 6th grade building up to between 2.5 to 3.5 hours a night in 8th grade. He will take study hall as an elective so that will hopefully help him get work done during the school day, and we are planning on stopping the climbing because it won't work with his soccer training schedule next school year, he will be training at least 3 times a week and it will take up 4 hours including travel. He also wants to take track in MS which will require him to practice a minimum of three days a week, although we will try and negotiate with the coach.
He is a highly motivated kid in everything he does, but I am concerned he is biting off too much. I would love tips on how to help him juggle all this workload.