He's finished a semester of honors American Lit, with a grade of A. His teacher's comments were: "Exceptional engagement and evidence of achievement in the course. (He) is a talented writer with superb written expression and deep analytical skills." He's one lesson away from finishing a semester of honors Algebra 2...and will probably get an A in that as well. His letters and our phone conversations are a pleasure - it is as if I have the boy he was (before things started slipping off the rails in 7th grade) back...but with a maturity and sensitivity commensurate with his age. He still has a long way to go-- as I think in part he is just conforming to the structure he's been provided, and he hasn't totally internalized it all yet...but this is the same kid who failed the second quarter of 10th grade Anmerican lit last December....so while there's alot to be done, we are in a good place.