It seems weird to be trying to make a decision while everyone else is sending there kids back to school. Out here in Washington State school doesn't start until the end of the month or the first of September so I still have some time. Anyway easy child has been having difficulty with school for several years. Nothing major just constant frustration with teachers and education goals. I am hoping to get a jump on that before school starts and get in with the principal, teachers, and the doctor to get her everything she needs. I am going to try to get her tested to see if there are any issues there as well. BUT easy child sprung in on us a few days ago that she wants to homeschool. I am not a big fan of the idea because she doesn't have major issues with school but at the same time I don't want her struggling so I am questioning what I should do. We checked out the school she is assigned to....it seemed fine on the website but when we drove by I was flabbergasted. Maybe I am naive but I have never seen a school that is surrounded by houses with no major entrance and exit that is not sided by houses. Literally it is the school and a parking lot surrounded on all sides by houses. AND NOT NICE HOUSES! We are talking the ghetto here people. In fact we drove around the school and there was a large fenced in are that had razor wire on top!!! Seriously a school that requires something be fenced in by a 10 ft fence with razor wire? Anyway we have looked in to transferring her to a different school because I think it is important she have a safe learning environment and interaction with other kids. Homeschool is a safe alternative BUT this is a kid who is in that awkward 13 year old stage. She doesn't fit in with the popular kids because she choses not to and she tends to be lonely and miserable on the weekends. I hate to say this but I this kid befriends every lonely miserable weird kid she can find and while I think it is good she isn't focused on financial status I hate that she has set her bar so low that she doesn't feel worthy of friends without major issues. Any advice? The new school is in a much better neighborhood but she wont go to school near her neighbors. The old school is kind of scary even to me. Homeschool just seems like a cop out at this point in order to save herself from having to deal with people.