It is my humble request to all the participants in this forum to take a look at the unique situation we are in and provide some constructive feedback. I say"unique" because, as parents of a 16-yr old, we feel we have some real challenges in getting our son cross the impending hurdle and enter a reasonably good university. Here are the details:
Residents of state of Oregon
Supposedly "Home schooled". Refused to attend high school beyond the 9th grade. He has had no teachers, counselors nor anyone to guide him. He refuses to seek any guidance; nor does he listen to any words of wisdom. He feels he has the innate smartness to reach his objectives. Of course, he is 17 yrs old and has no clue what the real world has in store for him. He spends lot of time in online games, chatting with members of virtual community. While he does possess a very capable intellect, I just don't think he knows how competitive the world has become and how well one needs to be prepared.
So, very briefly, I have touched on the problems we are facing. Now, I come to the real issue...
He is preparing for SAT. He has taken ACT and has scored 28. He neither has transcripts nor does he have a portfolio of activities during his years away from school. In fact, he rarely interacted with the outside world. But, for a 16 year old, he does possess a good grasp of societal dynamics, geopolitics, financial markets, economic theories etc. I am proud of his intellectual capabilities, but also know that words without action mean nothing in this world.
He wants to pursue Economics/finance/cognitive sciences etc.
What are his chances in Oregon? We very much doubt that he could find himself in one of the elite schools (that was his goal, but he doesn't have the work ethics to get there). He had NYU, Univ of Chicago, UCLA etc. in his short list. Now, he rarely talks about these schools. He seems to be slowly settling for lesser schools, a sign of resignation and awareness of lack of preparation, or even dwindling motivation.
If he continues with his frivolous attitude, and misses the SAT (this will be the 3rd time, and every time he rationalizes his decision to skip with some "exceptional" reasoning) does he have enough score on ACT to get admission?
What are your thoughts and suggestions. I deeply appreciate any feedback from the community here.