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My sister was telling me that public schools are required to let h/s kids participate in classes they "can't" offer at home (like playing on a football team or joining a drama group). She said that for things like band, Ben would be allowed to go to class, but may not necessarily be allowed to play in the varsity group or something like that. Is that true? What's the point of learning the music if you can't perform? You can't march at halftime, etc.? I really want to h/s him when he gets to high school, but I don't know how I'll be able to do things like music. I'm a former band director myself. It's very important to us that he's allowed to do whatever he wants to do... band, basketball, etc. How do you do it?
Ask your school. They'd be the best to answer sence your state requires them provide I would ask because it's propaply up to the school how much they provided.Also look into hs CO-OPs and your comunity you may be able to find a local group that proforms. (there's a kids orcistra here)
some public schools allow it depending on how homeschool friendly they are and the school board.
you can always join a homeschool group and start up a band (being a former director you could do band--a dad who is a coach could do football and if you have a team "most" private schools will let a homeschool team play against them. the same for other activities.