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Should I go back to public school, or continue being home schooled?

Asked by Faidle (668points) June 13th, 2011

I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to public school, but I’m not sure.
My brother wants me to go to his school, which is mostly druggies, and weirdos. But you get credits like crazy, and I could graduate faster. (It’s one of those alternative schools)
But I was thinking of just doing work through the summer, and I could graduate a year early anyway.
There are also two regular schools I could go to, but I’m not so sure about them either.
And last: I could try to get into Career Tech. Which is basically a nerd school, where there are only like 200 kids. It would look good for college, but my mind still isn’t made up.
So, should I stay home schooled, or go to one of these schools? What would you do? (Or have your child do)
(I feel like I left some information out, but I can’t think of it. Sorry.)

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SpatzieLover's avatar

We’re a homeschooling family.

My suggestion to you is to think about which way your goals will be met best. If you’re leaning one way more than the rest, that is most likely the best for you.

MilkyWay's avatar

I was home schooled for most of my life, only went to a school at the age of 15.
It depends on what you’re good at and what subjects you would like to go into. In some subjects, schools can be very supportive in terms of equipment and resources, such as in Chemistry for example. Which school do you think is better suited towards your needs and if you aren’t that interested in graduating early, then home school would be the option.

Faidle's avatar

Well, I want to be a writer, or a counselor. (Or both)
I’ve looked into it, and all of these schools offer the same options for writing classes.

zeldaaxoxodevi's avatar

I think you should go to public school it’s not as bad as people make it out to be and it’ll teach you skills that you wouldn’t learn being home schooled. You’ll learn how to handle people, which is always useful. I’m not saying you can’t but learning how to be a teen growing into an adult within a bunch of people of the same kind is going to make life in the future a lot easier. Also, don’t worry about druggies or fights and stuff like that. It won’t affect you unless you want it to. Just be happy and nice and it’ll be great. As far as I know, they have a wide selection of classes for every subject as well as after school tutorials in stuff you need help in. Graduating early? do you really want to do it. I mean these are the easiest years of your life. Why rush it? Besides if you want to, it’‘s easy to gain extra credits and graduate early if you’re a good student. I hope I helped(:

Mariah's avatar

In my experience, the high school you go to doesn’t make a huge difference in your future job prospects. I think one consideration you want to make, is which option will provide you with the most resources to get into the college you want to attend.

snowberry's avatar

I home schooled for 10 years. It sounds as if you really want to graduate quickly and get it out of your way. Is that true? I would rather my kid came away actually knowing the material she/he studied rather than just got a bunch of credits to be able to graduate. Life is too short to waste it.

What are your strengths? Do you want to go to college? It’s appropriate to remember that if you don’t go straight into college right out of high school, statistics say you probably won’t. If you don’t plan to go to college, what would you do?

I assume this Career Tech is a community college. If so, you could see if you can start out there, or somewhere else, and ask them for places you could go where your courses would transfer if you don’t like it at Career Tech.

See if you can find a

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I say if you enjoy learning at home and can graduate early anyhow, I would say do that. If going to the “nerd” school will help you greatly in your college goals, I would tell my kid to do that, providing they would like going there. Overall I would tell my kid to stay home, then go to school to learn just enough to help out their entrepreneur ambitions.

BarnacleBill's avatar

If you don’t have a purpose for graduating early, there’s no point in rushing it.

JLeslie's avatar

My public school had psychology class, you might like that since youa re considering counseling. Also, along the lines of counseling I think a different experience might help you understand and relate to patients. True with writing also. I am in favor of homeschooling, I don’t want it to sound like I am not, nut public education at larger high schools can sometimes have an incredible amount of choice for students. I took accounting, Spanish, AP Anatomy and Physiology. If you actually are allowed in your county to pick the public school you might want to go to, I sugges going to the schools and seeing which one feels right, look at their curriculuum.

Someone above said drugs and other sorts of troule won’t be a problem unless you let it be, that is absolutely true. I never drank or did drugs, I hung out with friends who either didn’t either, or didn’t care that I did not want to.

Plus, let’s say you try it for 3 months and hate it, you can go back to homeschooling. If you are afraid of the unknown, I say don’t let that stop you. Going outside of your comfort zone is one of the best tools for adulthood.

marinelife's avatar

I would try to get into the Career School. It sounds exclusive so you could get more attention than in a mainstream public school, but you could still have the socialization that I think is so important in high school.

Faidle's avatar

I have been to public school before, so I know how it is. And I know how to handle people pretty well. :)
Yes, I want to graduate early. I’m looking forward to college. :D
The goal isn’t to get out and on my way. I want to actually learn the things I need to know. But I feel it’s a waiste of my time to stay any longer than I’ll need to. School seems to take the learning pace to slowly, when I could be learning faster.
My strengths? Writing. And math. Mostly. (If I try)
Yes I want to go to college.
Career Tech is an advanced high school.
I’m not worried about getting into drugs, or anything bad. I know I won’t.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Any way you can take the GED and go straight to college?

trickface's avatar

You’ll learn more than you think from those druggies and weirdos. Go to school.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Is there a university near you? Check to see if they have a High School Visitor Program or Dual Enrollment. Do half time at the college, and the other half home schooled. My daughter did this the first semester of her senior year, and never graduated from high school. She went straight into college the second semester of what would have been her senior year of high school. You don’t have to graduate from high school to go to college if you can demonstrate that you can handle the work.

What are your SAT/ACT scores like?

tianalovesyou's avatar

Go to Career Tech. It’ll look good :D

snowberry's avatar

My daughter was homeschooled until she turned 16. Then we found a program with the public school where she was able to attend college and get high school credit for it. She ended up spending the same amount of time and ended up with both a high school diploma and 2 years of college. The best part is the school system paid for it. See if there is your school district offers “dual enrollment”. It would be one of the smartest things you’ll ever do.

BarnacleBill's avatar

See? Nothing unusual about dual enrollment. @Snowberry’s daughter did it, too. Disclaimer: We do not share children together; these are separate people.

incendiary_dan's avatar

One of my students in the homeschool program I teach is also going to an alternative school. Do whatever gives you the most access to the material you need. I’m inclined to say homeschooling, as I have numerous problems with schooling as a whole, but you ultimately have to evaluate your situation.

snowberry's avatar

My daughter who attended highschool/college with dual enrollment is now 31 years old. She did very well.

Assassin_15's avatar

Consider what you might want to do and apply each of your choices and decide whether you think you would benefit from it. I myself was homeschooled for 2½ years and I very much enjoyed it.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Mine who did dual enrollment is 25 and is also doing well. The only time not having a high school diploma was a problem was for a summer job one year. She tried to explain that she had both an undergrad degree (3.9 gpa) and a Masters (4.0 gpa) but they wouldn’t hire her because the requirements said “must have a high school degree.”

john65pennington's avatar

Stay away from your brothers alternative school. These are students that are drug addicts or troublemakers in the regular school system.

The only problem I have with home schooling is being social. Do you have friends or a bf?

You would probably receive the best education from a nerd school. I know this sounds nerdy on the surface, but its probably true. jp

snowberry's avatar

@john65pennington The social aspect is sort of a non-issue if you have a reasonably active life. If you homeschool but are in sports, scouts, church activities, have lots of family activities, work outside of your home, or have hobbies that take you out and about, you have lots of ways to socialize.

The thing is, homeschool does not solve anything, nor does it create problems. You will still have problems, but they will be different ones. Also, I have met socially maladjusted people who spent their entire childhoods in school settings, and I have met socially maladjusted people who were homeschooled. And the opposite is true for well adjusted children. It’s just not cut and dried.

incendiary_dan's avatar

How many times do I need to point out that home schooled kids tend to have better social lives than their schooled counterparts, as well as more genuine socialization?

snowberry's avatar

Thanks @incendiary_dan. It’s nice to know there are others who “get” it.

Faidle's avatar

My social life is NOT an issue. I spend time with people all the time. Enough about that.:)

snowberry's avatar

@Faidle I understand. My comments were directed to the uneducated.

tomatrondroid's avatar

I’d go to one of the public institutions. At least then you know you will have the same, equal education as everyone else; or at least the people in that school. Not saying that home schooling is less effective – just not guaranteed. At least through a school you will follow the system.

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