I’m out of my depth with this one. I’ll bet there are quite a few of you out there who have sorted this issue. Hence, I’ll open this up to the readership.
From a reader…
My son will be entering High School in the fall and we have found the nearby catholic High Schools to be totally unsuitable. Our daughter has been using an online Catholic home school program for two years and we are happy with it, so I see no reason why he should not join her.
Unfortunately, my husband feels our son will suffer if he is “stuck at home,” and that he really needs the sort of sports and other organized programs that the local public high school has to offer.
I fully recognize the benefits of such programs for boys, but at the same time, the thought of sending our son to the local public high school strikes terror into my heart.
I have several friends who are in a similar situation and feel equally torn. We want the best for our sons but fear that public school would cost them their faith and their purity. We would like to try to develop some sort of co-op amongst ourselves, in order to try and provide some positive socialization and to take advantage of pooled resources to “fill the gaps” for our homeschooled students, especially some opportunities for mentorship.
I am wondering if any of your readers have successfully created any sort of enrichment programs like this for their homeschooled children, and if so, what advice they may be able to offer in getting such a program off the ground.
Any and all advice would be very welcome!