But I've never taught high school.
When my oldest was in 8th grade, we had a bit of back and forth about school, but we had decided to continue at home when she was given a full, 4-year scholarship to an awesome high school. ( As an aside, they really knew what they were about by giving full scholarships to Catholic kids who have lots of siblings! ) Thus began our foray into Catholic Schools. And I wasn't sorry, because, at the time, I had lots of little ones at home, and it honestly made things so much easier for one child and her heavy course load to be crossed off my to-do list.
I had purchased most of her 9th grade curriculum, and I had to return it all. Now, I'm sort of wishing I had kept it...because, after all these years, my current 8th grader is now saying he wants to stay home for high school!
We couldn't go, because, hello, I have a child in high school! They always have homework or events that prevent them from going, so we don't go on this annual weekend with our homeschooling buddies. But one of Pip's friends invited him to "sleep over" on this trip, so I dropped him off early Saturday morning. All his best friends were there, and he had a great time. He didn't seem to mind praying 3 times a day----Angelus, rosary, Divine Mercy, and then Mass (which is a bit more than we do during a day)!
And now, he's all I want to stay home because I'll never see my friends again if I go. Which is, sadly, very true. If he does see them, he will have changed, and there will be a wide gulf between them that doesn't exist now. He's also looking at all the other benefits to school at home: a more relaxed schedule, no spending 8 hours at school and then doing 4 hours of homework, fun activities with his friends, more time for scouting. Oh, and more money for stuff he wants. ;-) I could get behind that one, too!
It's such a shock that he's willing (at least for now) to stay home, but I'm very willing to continue being his school teacher. All these years of School at Home have prepared me for this task. Ha! But it's a much less daunting idea that it was 10 years ago when I couldn't keep up with school, housework, and toddlers, too. All these years, I have praised the women who keep their kids home for high school whether they have a large family or not.
Have you faced this decision in your family? How did you handle it? I'm all about tips on how to succeed with high school. I have a good friend who is going to be very tired of my questions before long!
If you've got a Hail Mary available for our discernment, I'd be most grateful!