That she can go to college at that point? It's technically correct, but I'm not sure it serves a gifted child well to send them to college when they finish algebra 2 and can write a short essay. If she can dual enroll, sure, but applying for full-time enrollment at that point will hurt her chances with competitive scholarships and more selective schools.
I was thinking dual enrollment at community college, which normally starts with grade 11 here.
Placement tests will not give you the same information as the ACT, imo. They are set up differently and serve a different purpose. Just have her take a practice ACT and that will give you a starting point.
I'm going to venture past your original question a bit and say that I don't think that a school that is quite easy/behind is ever going to be a good fit for a gifted student. Ideally, she would have a different type of work, not the same thing thing faster. If the secondary program uses A Beka as well, that is really going to be limiting for her. Even if you like think the materials are good, the fact is that they don't offer many challenging courses at the high school level. Foreign language, the only choice is 2 years of Spanish. In math, they teach just plane geometry (no solid), and courses only go through precalc. Very few electives.
I realize this school is not an permanent solution. When I heard the school's highest math was Algebra 2, my jaw hit the floor. It works OK for my 16yo, who will go from 10th grade at that school into full-time dual enrollment. Many do that at the school....so there are few 11-12th graders. I'm still trying to develop a long-term plan for this 11yo child. We could move to a different school district (closer to both my husband's and my work) but it will cost us! We're not quite in that position yet, so if we can manage with her at this school for 2-3 years, that would be good!
Have you looked at your local public schools in detail? Some of them are excellent for accelerated students, even if the school overall has a poor rating. Remember, you are not personally worried about how the school performs in general, but about what the school can do for your particular child. So ignore their average test scores and such, and investigate their classes for accelerated students.
She was in the public school gifted program for 4th grade. She was not required to do any work, because of being academically ahead of the gifted class. Once they get to middle school (6th grade) the program is just take honors classes (or AP at high school). The public schools here are seriously overcrowded, and rough. The rough part was more concerning to me than the academics, though her gifted class itself was fine. Many people avoid our area because of the schools...we chose to live here because we were homeschooling at the time and didn't care about schools if it saved us money. I may still turn to the public school at some point, but I wasn't ready to throw her into that in 6th grade, at such an impressionable age.
Does the school have a part-time option that could be used mainly for socialization? You might be able to mix that with more challenging online classes. When does dual enrollment become an option in your area?
Her current school is quite flexible...they don't offer a part-time option, but are fine with me substituting her sister's science with an outside course. The school is not accredited, which means once she starts high school, she can't re-enter public school without loss of credits. So...we'll need to have a plan by then!
I am hesitant with online courses for this child due to some issues that arose this past year. I am working, and not home to supervise online activities. I think that is behind us now, but I'm still not ready to try that. Perhaps down the line it will be an option.
Free FT dual enrollment starts in 11th grade. But the community college is affordable...more so than the private gifted school an hour away (in the opposite direction from our work, making it about 2 hours away from work!)
It's a difficult balance and a tough situation. One thing that numerous gifted students struggle with is not learning to work hard, because the work is so easy for them. Then they get to a more challenging program in college, and really have trouble with applying themselves and sticking with something difficult.
Yes, this is a concern for her.