Our 15 year old J will be home at the end of June. We are SO excited! She has been gone for so long… and it’s a long story that I am not sure how much I will share (or that she would want me to share), but suffice it to say she has been out of state and in a private school for this year. When she returns home, she will have completed her 10th grade year, and possibly also all of her 11th grade year. She said at most she will still have to complete 2 of her Junior year credits. She will be 16 the end of June, so this puts her a year ahead in school. Now comes the time to decide where to go from here.
J is missions minded, feeling called to the Phillippines. She is an excellent student, and college is a definite possibility for her. Our options are several, with the local public school NOT being one of them. No offense to you parents of kids in public school, but we were severely burned and learned the hard way. Never again. She is in a School of Tomorrow school currently, and I’m unsure how her credits will transfer into other school situations as it is. So the options…
Homeschooling- J loved homeschooling in elementary/middle school, but I am not sure she wants that for her last two years of school. And I’m not sure I am up for it. I’m looking for resources at this point. This is the option I am partial to. I have located excellent live, online math and science courses which we would use for sure.
Online High School- Many colleges now offer high school programs online, with a high school diploma issued by (say, Stanford U?) the college. I think some private colleges may be doing this also. Another thing to investigate.
Running Start- Since they changed the rules in Washington, home educated students can now register for Running Start without going through a local school (that is my understanding?). Once they complete their 2 year degree, they graduate with their AA/AAS AND a high school diploma issued BY the university or community college where they did Running Start. This is an attractive option because it is two years of free college. It is also wide open as far as students are concerned, so I am afraid it will be akin to attending the public high school again.
Complete her remaining credits through Lighthouse Christian Academy- which is the accreditation that her current school goes through. We would have to re-register her with them, for homeschooling. She will have between 5-8 credits to complete her high school diploma through them, and that is all. The downside to this is that the curriculum is dry and boring, and she really doesn’t enjoy it at all. She is excelling… but she is NOT enjoying. She would rather homeschool with home-chosen curriculum than ACE.
I’d love to hear your suggestions and thoughts on this. Please don’t be a blogstander, speak up!