I am going to post this both here and the home school board because I am unsure where it belongs. It is sort of a BOTH issue anyway.
My oldest son has been in public school all along basically. He was on the accelerated math track. But this past year, we sent him to a charter school that was supposed to be a STEM academy. Instead, it was a disaster. Mid year, it was very apparent that his algebra 2 class was not working on algebra 2 topics. He wanted to stay at that school, even though I offered to transfer him elsewhere. He wants to major in computer science in college and will need 2 years of college calculus for that. So, I took him to the home school store and let him pick an algebra 2 book. It only came in new, but I bought it anyway because I wanted him to want the book, to be happy with it. I wanted to make things as good as possible for him.
At home, he had the lessons laid out for him and the speed in which he had to do it. It is Life of Fred in case you are familiar with the books. It is meant to be done independently. It is kind of a story based one where there is a running story and then the concepts with small exercises in it. I gave him a spiral pad of paper, which he picked. He could have had a pad or paper or loose leaf paper. After several months of having it and me checking up on him on a regular basis and his swearing he did the work, I thought his book looked quite untouched. So, after asking and him assuring me he did them, I opened his book to the middle (he had claimed he had completed the book) and asked him some of the simpler questions in the middle. Nope, he had no clue what any of it was about. So, then I opened the book to the first page. I showed him an assignment on there and told him to do that one. He had sworn he had done the book.
Turns out, he had never opened the book. You see, it is a self study book. The questions are on one page and then you turn and the very other side is the answers with solution explanations. He did not even know the answers were in the book. He had never opened the book.
Here is the clincher. Since he has algebra 2 on his transcript from the charter school, I cannot enroll him in algebra 2 again. I can do it on my own, like home school. But it is not like I can send him to a public or private school, with algebra 2 on his transcript, and get them to have him retake it. He passed it with a B. SO, he has no choice but to take pre-calc this fall, which, by the way, is required for graduation. They have to have 4 credits of math and precalc would be the 4th. I believe there are remedial math classes offered to kids who are not wanting a math track basically, but since he has algebra 2 on his transcript, he cannot back up and take those. Plus, even if it were not required for graduation, he still insists he wants to go to college and major in computer science. He cannot do that if he terminates his math classes now.
He does have a processing disorder that affects his ability to comprehend the consequences of his actions. But it does not affect his ability to do math. His math IQ is actually quite high, if he can figure out and accept that he really does have to do it.
I am at wits end over what to do with him next over this. He is going to home school in the fall, but he is actually using an online program so it is not really home school, he will simply be at home. But he lies to me and does not do his work. That is why we are going the online route. But classes start in 3 weeks and I do not see how this is even possible. If given an algebra 2 test out, he cannot even answer 1/4 of the questions. If he works hard, fulltime basically, for the next 3 weeks, he can pull this off. I am so frustrated!
BTW, please remember his processing disorder does affect him comprehending what he is doing to himself, but does not affect his ability to do the math. It is a frustrating situation.