This is a not so subtle sign. Listen to it. There are several alternatives to getting an education and if your teen has a problem with truancy, you might want to look into it.
This is a program design to get your teen to earn credits to graduate and develop the skills necessary to pass the requirements of your state to get a high school diploma. The course load is focused on this while teaching basic life skills. It can also be used to catch up on credits and then transition back to the high school they were in.
Independent study allows your teen to study at home while completing a curriculum that mostly parallels that of their peers in school. They accomplish similar academic goals at their own pace. They take tests that are done online, at a school or with a tutor so they show what they’ve learned. It helps if the student is highly motivated and this is a great option for teens with chronic illness or even a short term debilitating illness.
Online school can also be done at home, but it follows a curriculum that is independent and done online. The courses, tests and assignments are done through an online system. They too earn a high school diploma while being given the flexibility to go at their own pace and away from the hustle and bustle of high school.
This is a great alternative for students who are highly motivated and possibly figured out what they might want to do in the future. This is because your teen can take courses at an affiliated junior college that earn credits not only towards graduation from high school, but towards a college degree as well. It pulls them out of the high school class system and places them in the college setting that might encourage them to step up the responsibilities of their young adult years sooner. This is a great way for teens who want to hold a job and need flexibility in their day.
Home school is tutoring by a parent or assigned tutor to provide an education at home. The school curriculum requirements are followed with a system that approximates what your teen would learn in class, but allows them to do this from home. Sometimes these programs are affiliated with a local public school so the student can still do physical education or after school activities, but it depends on the community.
School is not a one size fits all type of place and if your teen seems to be saying, I don’t like it here know that there are several options to get your teen educated and moving on with their life.