Is there any program that offers a gap year before high school?
My 13-year old 8th grader is on the immature side. Physically, he is quite small for his age and has not yet hit puberty. He is often mistaken for a 10 year-old. His executive functioning skills are lagging a bit and his social skills are, in many ways, not at grade level. He does well in school and functions at a high level academically, but requires some accommodations because of a learning difference and is very uneven in his skills. His birthday puts him on the younger side of the kids in his grade. He is good natured and gentle and has not been in any kind of trouble. He wants to attend the local public high school next year and I'm having trouble imagining it.
Is there any program in the East Bay that helps families create an extra year in between middle school and high school? I think he could really benefit from an extra year to develop before tackling high school. It is not feasible for us to homeschool him (and he would hate it) and we cannot do anything extreme next year like spend the year abroad.