Jalene - posted on 11/11/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
I have a 15 year old son in the 10th grade. His father and I have struggled with him and his grades since 5th grade. (His father and I are divorced from each other.) Every year since 5th grade he does very poorly throughout the school year but has always been able to get it together enough before the end of the school year and pass all of his classes. In 9th grade he failed English and Geometry. We live in CA where kids cannot be held back. We put him in summer school to make up the credits he needs in order to graduate on time. We thought losing most of his summer would be a good dose of reality. He passed English with a C and Geometry with a C-. Last year he discovered a passion for basketball and we thought the desire to be on his high schools team would force him to do better with his school work. We also told him that he would not get his driver's license or be able to get a job if he does poorly in school. His father also threatened to take him out of this school and enroll him elsewhere. He is currently failing his Algebra, World History and Biology classes. He lost the opportunity to to try out for the basketball team. I am not in agreement with his father's threat to enroll him in another school. We have had him tested and he doesn't have any learning or mental disablities. He is not organized and doesn't seem to care about school. He is a very bright, polite, sweet kid. No behavioral problems. Is there any more we can do?