My son is a HS senior, class of 2020. He was diagnosed with ADHD midway though high school. (He has the inattentive variety without hyperactivity so not as easy to identify.) I am a little worried about sending him off to college in the fall as I am not confident he will keep up with the work or wake himself up to go to class. He has a summer birthday so is not yet 18 and is on the immature side, both physically and mentally. He has good intentions and is not rebellious or anything, he just has trouble with follow through. He’s smart, but has poor study skills/habits. We are working on these things. I am thinking a gap year will be good for him. His psychologist also recommended we consider it.
He is in the IB program at school and is pursuing the IB diploma. It’s a challenging curriculum and he has stuck with it so far. We’ll know this summer if he actually earns the diploma. His class rank is currently top 28%.
He originally took his SAT and ACT without accommodations and did fine. In fall of senior year he decided to try again with extended time. His SAT score went down, but he got a 33 on his ACT. He didn’t get this score until end of December, so we didn’t get to use it on applications for admission or some scholarships as deadlines had passed.
We most likely are looking at smaller state schools in Texas. I think his grades/class rank will preclude him from getting any significant scholarships at private schools, making them unaffordable.
He’s already applied and been admitted to two universities, so I am not so concerned about admission. My reasons for taking a gap year would be: 1. to give him time to mature, and 2. to have a better chance at scholarships with his higher ACT score and potentially having completed IB.
Based on the above information, is a gap year advisable? If he takes community college classes during the gap year, does he become a transfer student rather than a freshman?
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