My 6th grade son doesn't want to go to school anymore. Advise?

Cori - posted on 01/04/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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He is in the gifted program that are used for enrichment, but; he still seems bored. I thought his love of learning would last forever :( Getting him to go to school is a battle everyday. He has straight A's. I called the guidence counsiler and teachers. There is no bullying happening. Is this part of puberty? Do gifted children have any differences I should be aware of at this stage of development? He is 11. Thanks in advance for any tips. I do not know many other parents of gifted children. ツ

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Amy - posted on 06/10/2013

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Jr. High's do not have challenging work and I believe are the hardest years for our gifted children. Just because you move ahead a grade, it may not alleviate the problems. I would suggest reading the book Academic Advocay for the Gifted by Barbara Gilman. This gives great advise on acceleration. My son was a high achiever until 7th grade when school became intolerable. He still did exceptionally well on tests so his grades were not that bad, but became the typically highly intelligent underachiever. I have been advocating for him for two years now to get into more challenging curriculum. You are very fortunate that your school is willing to work with your child on advancing classes. A new gifted curriculum director started this year in my district and she has developed a personalized educational learning plan for my son for next year that includes acceleration/compacting as much as possible. When I told my son, he was in shock that the school would finally do something for him. His whole demeaner about school has changed. He is actually excited that he will be able to learn at his own pace and not be held back by the rest of the class. He will even be allowed to do this in his college level AP classes next year as a sophomore. BTW... he was late to school 90% of the time in 9th grade because school was so bad for him. Jr. High will be a challenge. I read somewhere that for some kids, they should just skip Jr. High all together and go from Elementary School to High School AP classes. I truly believe that's what my son needed but the good thing is he is able to still be in the same grade as his friends. It has been a struggle for 2 1/2 year including depression and defiance. But things are looking up. Best of luck to you.

Cath - posted on 03/30/2013

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(P.S. I'm not a mom, it's just that these experiences seem similar to mine)

I was like that, and it's mainly because I was bored out of my mind in school. I'd consider maybe even more enrichment...? I don't know how highly gifted your child is, but maybe what he needs isn't something the normal school system offers.

Cori - posted on 01/05/2013

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He could attend 7th grade classes, but I am uneasy at the idea of placing him with teenagers. He is a very young 6th grader as it is. It may be my only option though. I do nnot want him to hate achool. :/

Patricia - posted on 01/05/2013

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It could be related to puberty, but more than likely even the gifted program is not challenging him- especially if he is making straight A's. Have you ever considered homeschooling him so he can go at the rate that is more suited for him?

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