Has anybody here used Clonlara with an always-unschooled teen?
I'd never given much thought to the high school diploma. Even now, I know DS13 would do just fine without one. But his interests are definitely schooly (music and chemistry are the two biggies) and I can see some advantages to his having an officially recognized transcript. Biggest advantages: access to music scholarships if he decides to study music at a local university, and access to post-secondary classes (eg: chemistry) while still being high-school-aged (we're in Canada, so the community college route isn't an option for us).
Yesterday I did a quick tally of the more structured activities he's doing this year (Teaching Textbook Algebra I, youth orchestra, music theory, strings camp, gymnastics, chemistry, miscellaneous computer programming projects). Without his even trying to "meet anybody's requirements", this year's activities would likely earn him 6 to 8 credits from a program like Clonlara. It's dawning on me that he could probably graduate from Clonlara by age 15 or 16 with very little lifestyle change. I mentioned the idea to him, and he seemed surprisingly keen, even when I cautioned that he'd have to earn some credits for subjects (mainly english & social studies) outside his areas of interest.
Does anyone have pros/cons about Clonlara for such a situation? Are there any other similar programs (I'm in Ontario) that I should look into for a bright, self-motivated unschooler with specialized interests and little desire to sit at a desk all day?
Also, has anybody had trouble getting their Clonlara degree recognized (especially outside the U.S.), or had trouble dealing with the Clonlara administration (I heard they were having some major response-time issues a few years ago)?
Thanks for you thoughts!