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#1 of 2 Old 02-05-2014, 04:49 AM - Thread Starter
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My son has lived with his dad in another town since he was 12. He has done well in his classes but has not managed to pass his end of year standardized tests. Now he is in his sophomore year, and his father has become critically ill and unable to care for him. Now my son has told me that his school counselor has advised him to complete the school year (or continue until graduation, I am not sure) through some online course because he has missed so much school. (His father is hospitalized over 2 hours away, and my son feels that he must be at his father's side constantly, so he has missed a lot of school.) 

I had already been considering pulling him out of public school due to the testing; now I feel that with everything else going on this is the right move. But is it "too late"? Reading The Well-Trained Mind I am reassured that it will work, and my current work situation (full-time grad student, part-time dept assistant) will allow me to work with him at home.


Anyone else done this with a teenager? How did you start?



Thanks for any info/advice. I am really worried...

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One of my brothers completed his sophomore and junior years at home.  My other brother and myself completed our senior years at home.   It worked very well for us.  I can't remember all the particulars of why my brothers we at home (that was between them and my parents) but I was just completely over dealing with all the wasted time in school.  My Grandma ended up passing away that year and I was so thankful that it allowed me more time with her and time to grieve.  I was not able to focus well for a few months after she died (and did not do any school) but was still  able to graduate in May.  It was a great situation for me and I am SO glad my parents let me! 

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