Hello and thanks for using Justanswer.com! I'm sorry to hear your son is having such a difficult time adjusting to the demands of high school. May I ask if you've had the opportunity to sit down with his guidance counselor to discuss this issue?? I ask because he/she could be an excellent resource for you on this matter. They may want to call your son in to discuss what's going on. Perhaps the classes he is in are too demanding or there are dynamics at play making it difficult for him to focus in class (seating arrangement, teaching style, etc.). Is he motivated and doing well in his other classes? As far as the lying goes, many students are on homework trackers to assist with organizing assigned tasks and also to increase communication between home and school. Often the tracker requires the student to write the assigned work beside each period with a space for teacher initials. The tracker also has a parent signature piece to ensure parents are aware of assigned work. The tracker is then returned the next morning to whoever is managing this system (school counselor, school psychologist, or preferred teacher). If he continues to have difficulty, I would suggest you call the school to ask if they have a problem solving team (sometimes called a teacher assistance team, pre-referral team, or student study team). This team of educators (usually the psychologist, counselor, teacher, sped teacher, speech path) will meet regularly to discuss "red flag" students and come up with a plan to help them. Sometimes the interventions are provided within the regular education system (e.g., looking into getting a mentor for the student, an after school homework club, tutoring) and sometimes the student should be evaluated to determine if they might qualify for support services (e.g., if they are found to have a learning disability or other handicapping condition). You're on the right track as far as discipline... Removing privileges is an excellent strategy for adolescents. Be sure to also include positive reinforcements for the behaviors you want to see. He could earn rewards (not necessarily tangible) for completed homework, completing a homework tracker, and larger rewards for improving grades. Continue with the home discipline strategies, but definitely get in touch with the school to see how they can assist you since this is a school problem. It's very good that you're catching this early in his high school career. Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information about any of this... Best of luck to you and your son!