1) I do know of a brilliant kid who homeschools. He studies many hours a day, has a few tutors, and spend part of his day in a lab in a research institute. He does not play tennis, nor does he play any sports. 2) 8:00 am - 4:00 pm in school, teachers who have their masters, and 5 hours of homework versus 4 hours of homeschooling? No comment. 3) Your family seems to be located in a very bad school district, if it is plagued with drugs, disrespect for teachers, and violence. Usually parents avoid these neighborhoods at all costs, I am not sure why you moved there with kids???? But if you are stuck in one, and if you have the desire and will to make money...... possibly working two jobs, ( after all isn't it the desire and will that will make your son a pro?) then send them to private school. Or volunteer at the public school, help fund money for teachers assistants, and be the change. The scum hole that you refer to as public school taught me how to write.