[quote]finz, I've never heard of the programs that either of you are describing -- I know my younger son finished high school online after he left my home and did very well.
He is now, however, reaping the dubious rewards of not having put effort into his schoolwork. BUT, he's doing well and turned himself around --
I guess that's all a parent can reasonably ask for. [/quote]
I only know about RWS's dd's bridge program what she has said here.
In Mass, all kids take a state standardized test in 4th,6th,8th, and 10th grade. If they don't pass the 10th grade ones they don't get to graduate. This is Massachusetts attempt at making sure kids don't graduate who can't read/have learned the basics. They get a specific score and fail, pass, proficient, or advanced in each subject. In Mass, if they get advanced in both math and english AND their individual scores are in the top 20% of their district, they get free tuition at any state school.
The state pays for it. Its is a merit, not need based scholarship. We will be taking advantage of it, but a lot of the scholarships go unclaimed. Poorer kids often can't afford the rest of the expenses. Richer kids and the super bright often choose private schools.
As an example, U Mass Amherst costs about $25,000/year for someone who lives in state. The 'free tuition' scholarship covers the $2,000 tuition. Then there's the $8,000 'tuition fee', then other fees and room and board, etc.
When I first heard about it, I thought "Woo-Hoo ! free tuition !" But it's really just $2,000 off the total $25,000 bill