Halfway through the first 9 weeks my son had 1 F and 2 low Ds on his interims. He is in honors classes. We took him out of honors classes last year and the fit he threw was disasterous. He earned the right to get into honors classes again. I say earned the right because they are very strict on what you have to do to get into them.
He's not failing because he doesn't understand the material. He's failing because he's not doing the homework because he "doesn't want to." He knows he needs these classes for the college he wants, he hates the slow pace of the "regular" classes and he knows he doesn't get his license unless he maintains a B average (which he is capable of doing).
HOWEVER he is likely to fail 1-3 classes this 9 weeks even if he straightens up. Once report cards are issued they will not remove him from the honors classes. We have 3 weeks left to make a decision.
Would you remove him or let him fail? For those of you who insist that I sit on him to do his homework, well if he doesn't write it down then I don't know what it is! He's 16, sophmore.