His forte is definitely the arts - he gets A grades easily. ( However he is not in any gifted & talented program or advanced English. ) He's a bad test taker in science and math and loses 20 points almost always in tests. When I do random checks on his math homework, he makes careless mistakes like not writing down the final answer, not using the variable to figure out 3 numbers in consequence etc. His only extra-curricular activity so far has been a black belt in karate. He hates school clubs and has no other hobbies/interests. He is also hearing -impaired with low muscle tone and stamina - cannot play sports with peers since he is not quick like them. Since his grade 9 transcripts will count for college application,I'm worried about him. What should he do in 2017 summer before grade 9? Do Kaplan, Sylvan benefit students like him? Should he do SAT practice tests? How can I make sure he gets into a good state school? Thank you so much.