I want to encourage parents who are considering removing their children from public school to just do it! My son was placed in a class for "at risk" kids in 8th grade (basically for sons of divorced parents). He was not given PE for three years! I didn't think that was right, but considering about a quarter of the kids in his class were in the same boat, I didn't concern myself beyond one brief inquiry.
For 11th grade, we moved to a new school district and found out he would not be able to graduate unless he made up all the PE he missed. He had to take triple PE for 11th grade and double up his senior year. He was taking PE NINE times each week. We were told he could get credit for classes at the YMCA, so we signed up for TKD and swimming only later to find out he would not get credit for those either.
He was failing chemistry, hated school and was unhappy with life. I decided to pull him out of public school and he did the work on his own while I worked. In six months, he had completed 11th grade AND 12th grade!
We moved to another state where I found out the HSE/GED could be taken at age 16 (in our previous state, a student had to be 19 or his class had to be already graduated). I didn't really know anything about transcripts, etc, so we decided this would be the way to go. Not only did he pass it, but he earned a perfect score in chemistry!
I definitely recommend removing students from public school who have a need or desire to be homeschooled. You won't regret it.
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