Join Date: Jul 2003
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I think you should explore this with your ds. Our local high school has a course called "Career and Personal Development" which is required. These are important questions, even more important for homeschoolers -- but the questions are really the teens', not yours. Your job is to support, inform and be a sounding board.
What is he interested in? How interested is he in keeping as many post-secondary options open as possible? How does he learn best? Is he interested in structured coursework? Does he have any long-term aspirations in terms of education and work? Are there any interests or challenges that are calling to him now? How involved would he like his parents to be in this next phase of his learning and growing? Would he like the structure and accountability of an umbrella school program (eg. Clonlara)? Would goal-setting be helpful?
My second child will be crossing the threshold to high school aged next fall. These are all things I am discussing with him. His older sister has chosen to accumulate occasional official high school credits through various means, and to pour her primary energy into advanced music performance study, volunteer and work experience, and international travel. She intends to have a robust portfolio/resumé, a strong audition and excellent SAT scores when it comes time to apply for post-secondary music studies. I'm not sure what direction my son will move. I think there's a certain wisdom in hedging your bets early on, but there's always wiggle room and a way to backtrack and fill in a transcript down the road.
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups