Community college vs 4-yr college for low motivation senior?
My son, who is a high school senior, is bright but has never been very interested in school. He has always basically done the minimum needed to get decent grades (A's and B's) but spends little time on homework, studying for tests, or working in advance on long-term projects. He's also highly disorganized and refuses to use a calendar or plan his work ahead. He shows absolutely no initiative when it comes to school, and not much even when it comes to the sports he ostensibly loves. He worked with a college coach to identify potential fields of interest, prep for the ACT, and write two essays (didn't come up with much in terms of interests, did very well on the ACT, and the essays are OK but not great). If it weren't for my substantial "help" I'm not sure he'd even be getting his applications in to colleges in time.
From talking to friends and relatives, it seems that a lot of boys are in a similar place at this age, including my husband and several male cousins who eventually did well once they started to take school seriously. I'm wondering if it might be better for him to go to a community college for two years, rather than head straight for a 4-yr. college or university. I'd like him to experience the social aspects of starting out as a freshman away from home, but not if he's going to flounder so much that he ends up dropping out.
I'd love to hear from parents who've been in a similar situation and find out what their kids did and how it worked out. All advice greatly appreciated.