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Postby jap3177 » Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:08 pm

Hello everyone.

Clearly a novice here! My son is virtual schooled through an online public charter -- he is finishing 6th grade this week. I thought I could just request he re-do 6th but found out that is far from the case. The reasons why are quite personal and are legitimate. We believe he will be even more successful with an additional year of maturity -- both socially and emotionally.

His school today denied the request. How a virtual school who has never met him believes they can make this decision is beyond me.

If I go to the "real" home school option, do I have the opportunity to retain him? We live in California.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Postby elliemaejune » Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:25 pm

jap3177 wrote:Hello everyone.

Clearly a novice here! My son is virtual schooled through an online public charter -- he is finishing 6th grade this week. I thought I could just request he re-do 6th but found out that is far from the case. The reasons why are quite personal and are legitimate. We believe he will be even more successful with an additional year of maturity -- both socially and emotionally.

His school today denied the request. How a virtual school who has never met him believes they can make this decision is beyond me.

If I go to the "real" home school option, do I have the opportunity to retain him? We live in California.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


Understand that the charter school is a public school. Public schools are not able to make choices based on the needs of individual children. That your ds was learning in his own home instead of in a classroom is irrelevant. And that's one of the many, many reasons that parents choose to privately homeschool their children. :-)

As a private homeschooler in California, you can call your dc any grade level you want. My own recommendation is not to refer to him as any grade at all other than the one he would be in if he were in school, and to teach him whatever you think he needs to know. In a few years, you might find that he actually is on par with his age peers, and then you may be wondering how to change his "grade level" to graduate him, or even to allow him to take outside classes which group children by grade level instead of age or experience level.

My advice would be (1) join Home School Legal Defense Association. (2) Follow HSLDA's advice about withdrawing your ds. (3) Teach him.
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