I'd love to be able to just allow him to wake up at his own pace, bring him in for a portion of the day a few days a week so that he has interaction with other kids in the community and then bring him home to actually learn about life. Has anyone considered this idea at all?
Two of my kids have attended school part-time on a long-term basis, and one has tried it short-term. We have a very supportive, receptive school, which is definitely a requirement! Overall we've discovered that it has not worked at all well for the kids or the school at the K-7 level. At the secondary (high school) level, it has worked very well. Why? Well, because so much of what goes on at the K-7 level is about creating a cohesive classroom identity. The kids are just learning to separate from home and family and to make social connections with other children and authority-figure adults. The social relationships within the classroom, the sense of belonging, the idea of being part of a class that has built and shared a common culture and body of experiences, that's what makes up a good classroom. And the kid who attends only part of the time ends up with missing pieces of the puzzle, and is an outsider looking in even when he's there. Also, much of the learning, at least at our school, is cross-curricular. That means that learning isn't broken up into subjects, and that projects and activities flow into each other in ways which aren't scheduled out and separated. The field trip about salmon spawning is part of the science unit on life cycles, and inspires the print-making art projects depicting roe and ripples and combining the colours of the dying salmon, and the poetry the kids work on during the leftover time following math is intended to use some of the art and science vocabulary words, and the spelling word wall springs from all that vocabulary. To have a kid drop in for an hour on Tuesday morning can be really difficult and disruptive, because he won't have the painting to work on attaching to a salmon poem, and might not know what the vocabulary means or have the spelling skills to use the words, or have been present when the teacher introduced the art technique from which the whole project is derived, etc. etc.
At the high school level the rotating class assignments (rather than the tight "Mr. Hollander's 2nd grade class identity) and the separation of work into specific subjects means that it is very easy for a student to attend for just certain classes and get a fairly complete experience in those subjects.