I just love it when sticky situations end with positive results! Our daughter is 16 and started school this September for the first time. I completely understand the reasons why she wants the new experience of school. Almost all her long time friends started out as homeschoolers, and most of them are now attending one of the two local high schools.
As long time homeschoolers, we have always supported our kids in whatever endevours they wish to pursue. We have many reasons as to why we decided not to put our kids in school, one of which was that the necessity to conform while attending school squashes the ability to think “outside the box”. I don’t blame the school system for this, as I appreciate the need to cater to a large number of students cannot be met without conformity to “the rules”.
Before the last school year ended my daughter and I met with the high school counsellor and principal. We discussed how she could best meet graduation requirements utilizing the courses available there in conjuction with the online courses she was already working on. It was agreed she could take the school bus in the morning, attend whatever classes were available that she needed for credit, work independently on the library computers in any free blocks, then take the school bus home.
Come the first day of school in September, she called home to say when she tried to use the internet the librarian said she needed an access code from the counsellor or principal. When she went to the office to straighten things out she was told she wasn’t allowed to be in the school or on the grounds unless she was in class. No library, no bathroom, no cafeteria, AND no school bus! I was not impressed.
I left a message for the principal at 9am the following week (I needed a cool down period). He called me back at 11am and I calmly explained how dissappointing it was to have a couple of highly motivated students (a friend was in the same predicament) who want to learn and integrate into the high school, who were originally told they would be accomodated, and now were being told “no”. I suggested perhaps a contract could be signed outlining a mutually acceptible agreement allowing them to use the library internet in free blocks, ride the school bus, and have access to school amentities within the boundaries of the agreement. He said he would look into it and get back to me.
To my pleasure, he called me back at 4pm the same day and read me an agreement allowing all of the above! It is so great when obstacles arise, potential solutions are discussed, and swift resolution is attained. Yay!