Hope this is the right place to post this. Wednesday at difficult child's school, the "choice" High Schools made a presentation. This is not the typical district school. We live less than a block from the High School. They run a block schedule. 4 - 90 minute classes a day. Credit at semester rather than a full year for a credit. This gives the student 8 credits a year vs. 6 with the hourly system. This high school has over 3000 students. The schools that made a presentation today are, a high school that specializes in audio/radio production. Kids take part in the production of the TV show. (as well as core academics). This school is about 7 miles away. They DO provide transportation. A school that specializes in technology, works with the local technical college. Auto body, computers...This is about 4 miles away. an alternative school. Single parents go here as it provides a nursery and each students is required to spend time in the nursery caring for the children. All students welcome. They also have a ROTC here. 5 miles A new charter school..where my neighbor/friend works. No jeans, no t-shirts, anything below a 70 is an F. E-School. Yep, listed on the district web site. Of course difficult child chose THIS one. However this school is not even going to be considered. This would isolate him socially. (not that he has a social life or even gets along with anyone right now) But, he spends so much time playing games on the computer, and chatting, that I feel he would not be doing school work, be distracted by other things, and is just not disciplined enough to do it WHEN it is expected to get done. i do not have the time to be there and watch, nag or remind him what he should be doing. difficult child's second choice is the Academy which specializes in audio/radio broadcasting. The farthest away. His reason "All my friends are going there". Ok..at this moment..WHAT friends. Here are my pro's and my cons. Hoping to get input from others. In the larger school near my house (I would never have to drive) There are over 3000 kids. Many, many, many activities (If he would ever show an interest). If at any particular time he isn't getting along with "friends" there are so many other choices. So many kids, so many options. I also realize with this many kids the staff is much tougher. This way or no way. That will be very hard on difficult child. The school he shows an interest in...is fairly new. The parents I know who had kids go there did not like it. A year or so ago there seemed to be a lot of teen suicides. This school had the most. I know that doesn't mean anything, but it is in the back of my mind. I also realize the smaller school would probably be more patient with him. Teacher/student ration much smaller. But...if he isn't getting along with teachers/ students, he is just out of luck. He said they provide transportation. Heck he will spend several hours on the bus because it is so far away they must have a million stops. There isn't much development in that area yet. It IS right across the street from the industrial park my husband works in. (through the field, across the street) No sports teams. Never really looked into it because I just had my mind made up he would go to the local school. It is a very good school, very good reputation. And did I mention..very close. When easy child went through school, he just went to school, did what he was suppose to. Never questioned things,never worried about anything. what can we do? Can we call the school and ask for more information? Can we tour the school? I am sure we can, but who do we talk to. Do we mention he has an IEP? I am scared. He isn't even 13 yet.(ten days) Even though my easy child went to the "close" high school..I was only IN that school ONE time. Been in the gym and in the auditorium, easy child was in theater/drama. that one time was to pick him up for an appointment or something. ONE time. I don't even know where the office is. Can't even imagine not knowing where the office is.