Keep it the same
the grade shouldent exist and they should stay in school till 12th grade
Several people have expressed disgust with how well our current public school system trains kids.
But how do we improve and/or replace it? No one ever seems able to answer that to my satisfaction.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
These are minors with problems. I don't think they should be given up on and discarded for so-called better students, although I agree they take up valuable time and attention from teachers & schools. Still, I think all efforts should be made to keep the kid in school as long as possible. He just might straighten out and end up graduating, even if it is with horrible grades. Otherwise, he is committed to a life of unemployment or lowly employment, possible homelessness, and misery. A person can't be a very productive citizen without a high school degree. He will also be a drain on society, getting food stamps, welfare (in the few states that give it), etc.
If he makes it to the 11th grade, it is easier to get his GED later, since by osmosis he at least got some of the information he was forced to sit and listen to in classes. But if he dropped out in the 9th grade, it would be much harder for him to get his GED later.
Someone aged 15 is too young to be labeled a loser, unless he enters a life of violent crime. People are very different at age 15 than they are at 30. There's a chance he could make it out of high school. If his parents cared about his future, he wouldn't be having serious problems, IMO.
As for drugs, lots of teens do drugs and graduate high school. It's violence that matters, IMO. And in that case, he'll end up in a reform school, anyway. Problem solved.