Hi-my son is an 11th grader and I am typing this with him looking over my shoulder (he doesn't have an account) to make sure I get this right. He's homeschooled all his life, save for one brief one semester stint in public high school for the first semester of 9th grade.
He wants to return to public for a couple of reasons:
1) he doesn't feel like he has enough social interaction and spends too much time doing work in front of the computer.
2) his parents are getting divorced and me, his mom, doesn't have as much time to work with him. He's mostly independent, but it kinda sucks that he's home alone more than before. Also, because the father and I don't live together anymore, it's more difficult to coordinate homeschooling responsibilities (the father helped a bit).
3) He is lonely and wants more friends
THe question we have is: how might this impact college admissions? He's a good student with a 3.8 unweighted gpa and will be taking the SAT in March. He is advanced in math and did AP calc last year in 10th, and was planning on taking AOPS intermediate counting and probability starting in March. He has taken two community college classes and enjoyed them and did well. The public high school has no more math above Calc. He does martial arts and is on the public high school bowling team, but they are not meeting now. So he feels too isolated.
Things to consider:
1. one of the reasons he homeschooled was because he enjoys travelling tremendously. My ex travels a lot to different countries and my son often goes with him and has been to japan and italy and france and many other countries. that would end if he went to public. (and yes, he can travel during vacations but that's not how my husband's business travel works--he goes when he needs to)
2. he is getting his own car in about 2 weeks and that will give him a lot more flexibility in terms of moving around. we live in a rural area so he's pretty isolated. that might help his feelings of isolation.
3. there's an option to simply join more school clubs and afterschool activities; in florida the schools allow homeschooled students to join clubs and such, so our thought is maybe he just needs to try that first.
4. he's debating between starting public like RIGHT NOW in the middle of the semester, or waiting til August for his senior year. My guess is it will be easier to start at the beginning of a semester rather than in the middle. Also, if he waits, he can try out the "joining clubs and seeing if that makes him feel better" for the moment.
5. He would need to take some EOC (end of course) exams for Biology and such to prove he's capable, and since he took Bio in 9th that would mean a fair amount of review (bio was his least favorite science so he really didn't work hard to learn the material).
All this can be worked out, but we are both unclear as to how colleges would view this? Obv if he goes back to public and his grades plummet that would be bad. I am concerned that he will go back and hate it. His reasons in 9th for leaving were myriad, but he very much hated the busywork involved and that won't have changed much. And he's an introvert, so he would need to learn skills to "put himself out there" or he would just be in the same situation again.
Can you please give us your thoughts? Do colleges dislike it when students who are homeschooled go back to public? I would imagine the fact that his parents are getting divorced and I have less time to be home with him would help colelges understand his reason. But I am not sure. And would it be better to stay homeschooling until the beginning of his senior year? (my guess is yes, even just in terms of the ease of transition).
Thank you for advice.