Updates from facebook:
At Gabby's request, we're going to home school her. Her high school is overcrowded and even the teachers admit they don't like working there. She's been coming home upset this past week, but we've seen this coming for a while. The online school is great b/c the teachers have less students per teacher, teachers work with the kids via video conference and students work with each other via teacher led chat rooms. They also have better art and computer programs, which don't exist in her high school. We've done it twice in the past with Seth, each time with excellent results.
We will be home schooling Seth as well. Despite talking to his teachers, he's bored out of his mind while his class practices counting money. He's autistic, but highly capable. While the teachers are kind, they aren't feeding his mind. He was supposed to take computer classes this year on game design, and instead they've got him doing (paid) office work and working at a flower shop (partly paid) for up to 5 hrs a day. I'm glad they're trying to help, but frustrated, too. Online classes will solve many issues and leave him time for a part time job.
Despite doing IEPs, the school never explained that a "certificate of completion" doesn't equal a diploma or GED when it comes to getting jobs, and yes, we asked. Also, if you get a "certificate", you can't go back and get a GED. Home school intervention happened just in time.
Day one of homeschooling, working on Khan Academy while we await arrival of materials. Seth's learning coding. He's so excited, he keeps having to take breaks because, "My head is finally being fed knowledge!" He's convinced his high school would have never taught him coding. Also, he now has a purpose for x X x Y = Z. This is good, b/c he hasn't progressed in math since I last home schooled; his class had him counting money! Grr...