I've written in another post about my S but I wanted to open up this thread as this is a sort of bigger issue for me. My D is a very bright honors student in a very high-pressure top-rated public school. She's in 11th grade, is president of the GSA, sings in the honors choir, and is taking all honors/AP classes. This school is filled with high achieving students who want to get to the 'best' colleges, and do.
Sounds great. But it isn't. Like so many 'top' high schools (I feel), this school sort of fills its classes with ultimately meaningless busy work just so that they have a way to grade students. A hard working reasonably bright kid does very well; the problem is my D is very bright (IQ 160 if that means anything) and needs to feel that what she is learning has meaning and purpose and that she's actually learning. So for her it's sort of pressure cooker for ultimately nothing except a race to get good grades, not for the love of learning. The message is if you fill in the correct dots and 'polish all the handles on the big brass door' you get an A. I won't go into more detail here as it would take up space--I hope you get what I'm talking about.
My younger S (14) acts professionally and is probably going to homeschool (I was helped a great deal in another thread). This suddenly started a discussion with my D who is a junior now. She BADLY wants to be homeschooled. It's not social; she has many friends. It's also not even academic in that she's not technically underchallenged--the school is top rated and has a zillion AP classes. It's the whole factory mindless life of high school. She HATES doing drudge work just to do drudge work. Honestly, she does her homework (meaningless) often until midnight or later. She wants to learn. SHe's stressed out for no purpose she feels.
My question is do you think she could start homeschooling at this late stage? She doesn't want ot go to college early. She wants to go at the time she 'ought' to go. She just wants to really learn and get out of the high school rat race, which increasingly seems to be training our young people to be unthinking workhorses--
How do you think homeschooling NOW will impact her college admission? She got an 800 on her SAT ENglish, which she took last year as practice. I'm pretty confident she'll get high official SAT scores, as she's good at math too. She's a lovely young woman and a driven woman and I want to see her light shine. But I'm worried how this will look to colleges. We do live very close to Philadelphia so are blessed with numerous college opportunities. Our only impediment ( a big one) is cost, as we are not well off. I'm a single working mom of five kids. But I'm thinking of contacting individual departments or professors at colleges and maybe they'll let her sit in on classes for no cost on an individual basis? She could take one or two courses and then just read read read (her love), and find her way.
What do you think? Is this doable? I'm especially interested in those of you who have sucessfully done this.