Little recap: the local public schools are not an option. My daughter was seriously sexually harassed and my son was punished for my breastfeeding in the back of a classroom, half hour after school let out, with no one around but my own children. I filed a complaint with the US Dept of Education and that is in the process. The district offered us a transfer to a different high school. We turned it down to go to this charter school as we had heard the charter school was so great and after our experiences last year, did not want to continue with the local school district.
However, the charter school, while everyone is way nicer and everything, academically, is really low compared to what we are used to. One of my children had been homeschooled prior to last year and the other had been in the gifted program in the public school. The younger one tested in to the GT program too. Both take advanced courses. I tried to talk to the teachers at the school and I have obtained the syllabi (is that plural for syllabus?) for the math and science classes and neither class is going to come any where near to covering what they should in the year. Since we are talking high school chemistry and algebra 2, there is a specific set of things they are supposed to do. And if you do not cover what you need in a class like algebra 2, you will never be able to have success in the next class, precalc.
SO, after endless thinking about it, I think we need to send the children to the other public high school in our town, IF we can get our indistrict transfer back. However, this district is known for being awful about everything really, that is administration related. And they just about never give indistrict transfers. Private school admissions applications are due mid to end of January and commitment money is due before the end of the school year. Acceptance letters go out in March. I called the public school district back and they said they cannot process an indistrict transfer until days before the transfer. This is because once it is approved, it is in to effect and we are expected to start attending. The problem this means is, if we hold off until August for switching the kids, we might apply for that the week before school starts and find them not being approved leaving us without a school. But if we apply to private schools, private school does not make a good backup plan as tuition is due the spring before. If we transfer the kids mid year, it will really mess up their schedules as the classes are not going to be a good transition (essentually, the local schools have a weird block schedule where you take 4 classes in fall and 4 in spring, so all English might be in fall and then all math in spring. and my children will have a bunch of half credits in each class as their charter has a more normal schedule way of doing things)
So basically, the advantage of transferring the kids at the semester break is that if the district won't allow them the indistrict transfer, we will know in time enough to still apply to private school for the next fall and they can just finish the year at the charter. It is going to make this year a horrible weird difficulty with credits and scheduling and all, so I am wondering, would you do this? I feel kind of bad about it as the kids will end up repeating much of their course work from the first semester due to the block system, but really, they are not doing much at all at the charter school. (I can give exact examples if you want)
Thank you in advance for your help!