My son, who is in 11th grade and now homeschooling (again) after being expelled from his private school late last year (for behavioral issues). He was homeschooled from 1st grade to 8th grade, so I know his intellectual capabilities. After his 10th grade year, we talked over the summer about his goals (to be a vet) and what he needed to get there. If he can get into his father's university (a relatively selective university), he can go for free (we'll pay the fees) and be debt-free for any more schooling he wishes to do.
I asked him to take a regular online biology course over the summer and then take on the following classes for his 11th grade year: AP Bio (PA Homeschoolers), AP US Hist (WTMA), US Lit (WTMA), Health (WTMA), and Alg 2 (Wilson Hill Acad). I thought it was a heavy but doable schedule, especially for a kid whose classmates have all that plus Jewish studies and a foreign language or two.
The Bio class started in May and should have been finished by the beginning of September. He wasn't working this summer and he opted to spend a month with his grandparents instead of coming with the rest of us on a trip out west. He said he would get more work done that way. Instead he got about 1/4 of the course done over the summer. So he started out behind.
As of last week, he was failing or coming close to failing Bio, AP Bio, Alg 2. My husband asked me to pull him from all those classes and I did. Now I cannot see a way to graduate him on time. He is also due to take the PSAT next week; he hasn't studied at all. I think he should not take the PSAT, take a bonus 11th grade next year and work part-time this year while taking the two year-long classes and the one semester health class.
He is addicted to his phone and his computer. He applied for jobs and is awaiting answers. He's happy staying up until 3am and sleeping until 1pm. I am trying to get him back to a more normal sleep schedule and away from the screens, but it is almost impossible on the latter so far.
I need advice, love, hugs, and whatever else you can offer. I think I might offer to let him buy Saxon Alg 2 and the DIVE CDs /Art Reed CDs and have him work on it with me on a daily basis. I cannot do Bio; I have three other kids who are more willing to do the work needed for their homeschooling.