My 16-year-old wants to drop out of school: Advice?

I need some advice with my 16-year-old son who does not want to go to school anymore, let me say that he has always been an A and B student in a Gifted program then in Cambridge he’s very smart but does not want to finish high school he has set his mind to just going for the GED then he is going to college, how can I get my son to go back to school and graduate would see him walk with his cap and gown. Please help thank you

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He can’t legally drop out unless you sign the papers. He would have to wait until he was 18 to sign himself out

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Let him get his GED. And start college.

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No. No. And no.

My mum let me and I wish she didn’t.

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Homeschool maybe? They have a homeschool graduation

Offer him accelerated homeschooling so it’s a diploma and a lot of programs now have a grad ceremony still

He’s still a minor. He legally has to go or you go to jail. This decision is strictly on you.

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Personally I’d advise him to not do college as it’s an enormous waste of money and in the corporate world a degree isnt worth the paper its printed on. Get the GED and either go into a trade or get started in the field his wants to do. The only reason to do college is if he wants to be a doctor.

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Dont let him drop out. He can do online school.

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My son did this against my wishes and still hasn’t gotten his GED.

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What are his reasons? Is something going on at school? Is he being bullied? Is he bored? Need to be challenged?

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GED and starting college or a trade isn’t a bad thing!

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Get him so mentors at school I’m pretty sure they have them , encourage him to stay in school nothing better then getting education . Best feeling in the world is when you get to walk down with your cap and gown and family and friends cheering for you :heart:

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I would ask him what is making him feel that way and then have him complete school and go to therapy.
He can do summer school and ask for extra work so that he van complete it faster

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I dropped out around 16 and it was the best decision I ever made in my life. Got started right away and have no debt making twice what the average college graduate makes in half the time.

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Maybe he isn’t feeling challenged enough, even in the gifted program. If it is his intention to get his GED and move directly on to college, I would let him and hold him to that plan. Some kids are academically gifted to that point, and it would be a shame to hold back his educational opportunities just to see him graduate highschool. Seeing my kid graduate college 2 years sooner than they ‘should’ have would make me incredibly proud as a mom.

Does your child school offer online classes ?I graduated half a year early that way and was on in school for half a day and then working the rest of the time. Or you could do online classes but he has to go to school

I got my GED at 17 and I’m glad I did.

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My parents gave me the option because I started to truly hate going. I’m super super glad I finished and walked. It’s just something you can’t get back

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I did that too. Same age 16. I just got sick of everything. Had my boyfriends mom sign for me to drop out. Passed my GED went on to college.

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