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    Default It's been a rough few months. Looking for online high school English-11th grade.

    We have had a difficult few months with my 16 year old. It's complicated, and messy, and...exhausting. It also came somewhat out of the blue. I don't want to get into the particulars of the situation, and we are addressing things, but homeschooling has become an issue.
    We are looking into dual enrollment for science for the fall semester, and we have math covered online. The original plan was for me to continue teaching English and History, and outsourcing the other subjects. That is not going to work.
    As of right now, attending school is not an option, so I need to find something that will help us get through this difficult time.
    I've looked at Northwestern GLL, Johns Hopkins CTY, K12, Connections, Oak Meadow, and the Essay Tracks that another poster linked. Blue Tent doesn't have anything appropriate for his level-he's not AP English material.
    I need something with instructor feedback/grading/attention. It's going to be important that I am NOT the instructor/grader for this.
    Anyone have any other ideas? Commiseration? Stories that reassure me that my 16 year old will turn into a human being?

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    Have you looked into IU High School? Here is a list of high school level courses that are NOT AP level. My kids each took a course through them. It was okay; it might work for you as an outside source.

    Our son was a butt head around age 15, but he has turned into a (relatively) normal human being. But DH was about ready to throw him out of the house at the lowest low. I hope this stage passes for you as well.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Oh, and the student can enroll at any time. He just needs to complete a semester course in 6 months or less.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    For writing, definitely take a look at Time4Writing. Each course is 8 weeks and you can do grammar, paragraph writing, and essay writing. Totally led by certified teachers who handle all the grading and feedback.


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    Thanks, Carol and Topsy. I actually found a bunch of suggestions when I cross posted on the SEA FB page, and I'll post them in a bit for others to see. I had not seen the IU link, though.
    He just left to go to his first job-driving in morning traffic and all. I'm hoping that this summer will help him settle down and mature a bit-I'm not letting him start any academic stuff this summer until he's a bit more stable emotionally. He's excited about working though-he's been volunteering at this place every summer for the past few years-now he gets paid for it. And he's not in my house all day! Lol.

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    Groovymom, I think you may see lots of improvement with driving and a job. That's when my son finally turned his attitude around. I think part of if was the increased sense of independence while the other part was adults treating him like another adult.

    Best of luck!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Not much to add other than I feel your pain and some kids leave the planet around this age, we certainly have our struggles around here, hang in there!
    Amy, Southern California.
    DD 15, 10th grade. Working towards college admittance into a BFA program in Musical Theatre or Theatre Arts
    Curriculum: Filing privately in California, a blend of classically-inspired, unschooly learning through the performing arts lens with a healthy dose of social activism.

    "I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game." -Elphaba, from Wicked


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    I feel your pain.

    When dd got to that point, I called on one of the most well respected teen advocates in homeschooling:

    Beach High School

    https://www.amazon.com/Wes-Beach/e/B...8597142&sr=8-1

    and can't say enough positive things about him. Our relationship did not interfere with her education, but the former did continue to be difficult for the rest of her teens and most of her twenties.

    I got so frustrated with everybody telling me that it would be better when they hit their 30s that I refuse to say that to the parent of a 16 year old so hugs instead.

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It's been a rough few months. Looking for online high school English-11th grade.