I'm not sure - DS just joined his year group. We found they were very happy to answer odd questions by email, without any kind of committment. They understand this is a new experience for most people and want to give you the info you need to make the right choice.
bochhead - DS was at Interhigh for Yr10/11 - the timetable at that stage had him in lessons from 9 till 1 most days. There was homework, but not that much, and the schedule left him free to spend a lot of time on music, which was what he really wanted. So he fitted in 2 instrumental lessons a week plus an evening at orchestra, alongside his academic work. Plus time for practice every day.
You'd need to check with them what their current hours are for different year-groups, but they tend to be "school hours" so it shouldn't be hard to fit in "after-school" activities, though I know they have also tried to increase their social side over the past few years.
It is very much "school on the internet" with the pros and cons you can probably guess for yourself. They work to ordinary school weeks/terms/years and aim for the children doing IGCSEs at the end of Yr11.
It depends really what aspects of the school system work or don't work for your individual child whether that's going to be a route which will suit them. DS thrived on it, but he'd been fine in school and it was just the need to find a new school place plus his passion for music which decided us on Interhigh.
The prospectus says "Parents of InterHigh pupils can be issued with their own login to monitor the progress of their children. The parents Control Panel allows parents to check on login times of their children. Parents can also read any of the issued reports, check what homework has been issued, what has been handed in and what is overdue as well as read the grades awarded."
My preferred option at present for ASD DS is Interhigh, he's year 4 and I just don't see him coping in a London comprehensive with any success. I like the He likes having a set routine etc to follow, so Interhigh seems a good fit.
ASD kids have 2 curriculii to follow, the social one, and the academic. At the moment we are focussing on the social, sadly to the detriment of his academic studies - there will come a time when that balance needs to shift if he is to have any hope of a decent independent adult life.
For those of you who have gone thru the Interlink system - did your children get the time to do the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, join any sports teams or follow any RL organised social leisure activities given the workload the school set? I'd like DS to have the time to join the sea cadets/St Johns ambulance or follow his own interests while at this school for a couple of afternoons/evenings a week. Am I being unrealistic, especially in year10/11?
Hi, My daughter is 14 and attends Interhigh. Highly recommend it, she loves the learning environment they provide. She has anxiety and aspergers. She has gained friendships and self esteem from being there. Very friendly school, with great extra curricular activities including a yearly meet up in Brecon if they would like. They even put on a end of year performance online :-)
Hi - DS was in an online school for the equivalent of Yr10 & 11 - InterHigh in his case. It worked very well for him, but it depends really what things your daughter finds good or bad about school, whether this is an option she'll do well with.
You get little choice, there's a set timetable over the week and the year, and a set collection of subjects, each with a specific teacher for that class. So you don't get the kinds of flexibility that suit some children who have had issues with school. OTOH you have a group of children to interact with, in a fairly controlled environment, which DS preferred over studying alone (personally I'd sooner have my nose in a book and could happily do without other people when I'm studying, so it's really a matter of personal preference whether that's a pro or a con) and you get subject-expert teachers who can teach the exam syllabus/NC if that's what you want and what suits her.
But as Saracen says, there are other ways of doing HE which would provide a lot more flexibility, and would allow you and her to adapt to new ways of doing things, so please don't feel that it has to be school or online school or "HE looking just like school" - even if you and she wanted that in the longer term, you could still take 6 months or a year to develop her skills in other areas without worrying about curriculum or exams and then reconsider your options.
We went with the online school option as it was only going to be for the 2 years, school as an overall thing suited DS fine, and we wanted him to get an ordinary set of qualifications at the ordinary sort of age so that he would slot easily back in for S5 or Highers at college. If there had been other complexities, I'm not sure it would have been such an obvious fit for him.
Anything is worth considering if you think it could make your daughter happier!!
There are a few of these online schools available. Some are popular and well respected and some aren't. Do you want to say which one it is in case anyone has recommendations for or against? Does it offer a free trial period so you can decide whether you like it before sinking much money in it?
I don't really know anything about the subject of online schools because I prefer the flexibility of an individual DIY approach to home education rather than following a complete curriculum. So I always tune out when the subject of online schools comes up! We are very informal, reading whatever takes our fancy and going along to any museums that appeal to my girls. That could be another alternative, if you think it would suit you and your daughter.
If you'd rather follow a curriculum, there are other alternatives too. You could get a more flexible package by buying in separate materials for each subject (pick-and-mix). You might find that you like one provider's maths materials but would rather go elsewhere for history, for example. Among my friends who follow a formal style of home education, that seems to be the most common approach.
The main advice always is to have a good look around before spending much money. You don't want to be lumbered with something which doesn't work for your daughter.
If she is really miserable in school and you've decided to try something else but you haven't yet figured out the details, you could remove her from school straightaway and then take some time to find your feet. There is no requirement for you to have everything arranged before your dd comes out of school, though some Local Authorities imply that there is. You can give your daughter some time out to relax and recover while you do your research.