My son has had a fragmented high school experience unfortunately and I'm struggling with how to present it when he applies to college. I'd appreciate anyone's advice if you have it!
2014-15: His freshman year was at a private prep school. He did well academically (3.8 GPA, honors classes) but the school was a very bad fit socially and the nearly the stress of staying up until midnight or later most nights with homework was overwhelming for him and his new diagnosis of ADD. (Volume of coursework was an issue, not content.)
2015-16: Sophomore year we pulled him out to homeschool, using a homeschool partnership in that is run in conjunction with a local K-8 classical school that had just started its first high school class- adding a grade a year, this was their first freshman class. He did well academically but did not like the homeschool aspect and wanted to switch to the full-time program. Switching to the full-time program, though, meant accepting an extra year of high school as they only had a freshman class at the time. Because it is a new high school, they are adding a grade a year and will only have their first graduating class in 2019.
2016-17: He is full-time at the classical school and doing well (Mostly A's, one B). Social situation is great, and the learning style (fewer subjects but more in depth, more writing/essays and fewer tests and quizzes) fits. He has to do an online math program though because he is in precalc and the high school only offers math up to Algebra 2 so far.
Projected 2017-18 and 2018-19: He will continue in the full time high school but with additional either online classes or dual enrollment to cover math and possibly a science not yet available at the high school.
He plans to apply for colleges with matriculation in fall 2019. He will have a HS diploma from his accredited classical school but there is that "extra" freshman year from the other high school plus his "sophomore" year he was homeschooled. His standardized test scores tend to be average or slightly above average. We haven't yet looked into accommodations but may do that as he often doesn't finish a section or two in time.
We're such a mess! Oh, and he wants to major in music- new territory for me. How should he best present the high school experience on an application? I am tempted to just "ignore" the freshman year but he took some really tough classes that year and did fairly well so it might help him. Ignoring it would also require that he take both a math and science credit his final year in order to meet state requirements- and he would rather spend that time on a music and arts elective that is geared toward his college studies. Ignoring it might also be suspicious since he will be 19 when he graduates. ON the other hand, I don't want it to look like he had to repeat a year out of incompetence - it was more that the new classical school was such a good fit that I wanted him to take advantage of the whole program. The added year of maturity is a blessing when it comes to his executive function skills.
Thank you for your help in my confusion!