So now I'm starting to work on next year's school, and I've come across a two year program at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center that might be really neat for Tim. It's called the Computer Networking Academy, and consists of spending half days at something like a Vo-Tech program. Fortunately, unlike the Vo-Tech programs of yesteryear, it's not a replacement for college, but can lead into it, as well as give a head start on certain classes. It could lead to direct employment after high school, which may be a bonus in paying for college, too!
Tim built his first computer just after his 13th birthday, and just recently rebuilt it with components he got from us for Christmas. He seems to enjoy the hardware side of computing much more than the software side, so I would expect him to enjoy the program. It may also be a good indication of whether or not this is indeed the field he would like to pursue in college.