16 year elderly starting college...what are the effects?

For reasons we won't discuss, my 16 year old son has be expelled from school in his junior year. Our options are to enroll him contained by public school in another district, homeschool him, or let him pilfer his GED and start college Spring semester. He is an honor role student so passing the GED should be possible. My concern is with his social contacts. Since he isn't allowed at any local school functions and is grounded for a long time, he won't own the option of interacting with kids his own age. I'd like to hear from population who have been through similar situations and get some feedback on how it worked out. Thanks.
I think your best bet is to let him hold the GED and then start at junior college. Some jr colleges will give scholarships for GED score. And if he doesn't do well on the GED, he can try homeschooling because taking the retake the GED for that because it's an option for home schoolers anyway. Source(s): Dad is a GED instructor and I was home school for many years.
You might want to re-think the grounding, if you're concerned beside him having social contacts his own age. Maybe you could make exceptions for productive group activities such as Scouts, community sports, or a recreational job.

On the other hand, maybe he would benefit more from man treated as an adult in an adult setting, and he would thrive surrounded by college without special social help.

What does he want to do? It seems to me that whichever leeway he's most likely to buy into himself is the one you should try to provide.
I sort of think it depends on what he get expelled for. My daughter dropped out of high school and later get her GED. She just hated high university. If he's mature enough to go to college, I utter go the GED/spring college route.
I have 3 grown sons. My experience is that boys that age are more immature that girls. I would suggest doing his senior year within a nearby school district, giving him time to mature and after do college next Fall. I think it would make a big difference. Hope adjectives works out well for him. Source(s): Hard nox raising 3 boys.
I have no kids and can't really get the message from a parent point of view what you are going through. I understand the situation and your concerns. I totally think he should progress for the GED and get into college. Sounds like he's ready. It may prove for a time difficult with older students, but think more or less it this way. If he wants to go to college, travel for it. I'm 45 and am just now going back to college. I didn't hold a clue what I wanted to learn when I was 18 going to college and dropping out. He seem to have a clue, so I'd nurture that. Don't let him be like me and be struggling next to school at 45. (okay , a GPA of 4.0 is NOT struggling, but you know what I mean. I work full time too!) Source(s): Get a good educ. get hold of a good job, get a virtuous life.
My son just turned 17 and we have be struggling for a very long time - IEP's, Court system to fight the school system you signature it I have been through it....
Fortunately my son is already at a college level of intelligence - not the issue. It was/is the attitude and manner that brought him down and hence the school system that turned their backs on us.
Anyway - I did not want him to settle for his GED at such a young age and later still be "lost" with regards to where he be going in life.
As of 2weeks from now, he will be joining a program call The NJ Youth Challenge Academy on Ft. Dix.
They do not make you join the military. They provide a 22 wk residential program that teaches them more than I can travel into here. At the end, they test for their HS diploma. They are visited by college recruiters as powerfully as job and military recruiters. They are paired up with mentors for after the program ends. They also receive a check.
Check the site - Http://www.ngyouthfoundation.org/
I hope things work out for your son. There is nothing harder for us as a mom than to see our kids hurting or struggling. That discomfort is something I would not even wish on my worst enemy.
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I've agreed 16 year old students in college and they did just fine. They weren't your typical kid though - these tend to be very mature for their age and exceptionally bright.

Their social interactions caused them some problems. They can't date the other typical students because they're "penal complex bait", they can't participate in the typical college social activities (parties) because they aren't mature enough. Some school functions (athletics) frown on participation at that age. Plenty of reason for concern.

But, of all of them I've known - not a single one failed out. A difference I suspect between them and your situation though is that their parents sent them away to a college and expected them to be an fully fledged. Adults don't get grounded and simply have to accept responsibility for the ramification of their own choices.

Some thoughts:

* Home school: Requires a considerable effort on your part as very well as some motivation to learn on his. It's not "the easy way". It's probably the best way because you own total control of the education process and it's 1:1 instruction. You'll need a network of contacts though unless you occur to be a HS math, science, and literature teacher.

* Another district: There's a transportation issue there that's going to be rather costly. Not to mention, his reputation is promising to follow him there - not making for an easy transition.

* GED: That test isn't as straightforward as most people think. Most HS grads would fail it. Most states require an university program as prerequisite but 16 is the usual age allowing testing as an adult student.

* Another option: Online. Most states (and several universities) own online alternatives for high school students. It's also not the easy means of access and will require some supervision but it's an option.

* Another option: Boarded private school out of the nouns. It used to be the choice de jour in such circumstances but most families don't like the concept these days. It is an option though.

* Another option: A touch outdated school but favored back in the daytime. "Boy, you aren't in school, get a post!" A year of leveling asphalt in the hot sun makes a lot of infantile people reevaluate how much they value education.

Having a GED confines the college options some. Highly competitive schools would likely be out of consideration. The local community college would probably be the best picking. Many sub-campuses of the state university will accept GED grads - he'll need solid SAT/ACT scores for that.

Putting him surrounded by college early means you'll have to permit go of some parenting. Students with helicopter parents in college tend to do completely poorly - many fail out. This is especially true if the parents aren't familiar next to the present nature of colleges. If he's not ready to be cut loose as a young mature, he won't be able to get much from the college. You don't want to set him up to either backfire or become an adult that relies on his parents. Make sure he's ready if you take that route.

Just my thoughts, for what they're worth. Good luck.
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