Being a Mom of two young ladies (oldest 18 and youngest 14)both on honor rolls - its is a miracle to get them "interested" in school work. I think that at this age, and on to when they graduate, a parent must be involved along the way. (Not helping with homework) but, going to the teachers and finding out what opportunites are in place to help with homework - and if there are any after school programs ot help with homework. Most kids don't know about what is available to help them and if they do, they are not really interested in doing it. The school system here in VA offers a weekly progress report so your kid knows where he stands every week - (i.e., what is missing what failed, what passed, extra credit etc.) that helps plus, parents must sign each week so you know what is going on. It counts against you if the parent does not sign off each week. In my experience it makes a difference when teachers see that parents at home "do really care" and make an effort to help the child. I know we are all very busy, but, we should never be too busy for our children as they are our priorities or should be. If your kids school does not offer any after school homework help - as them if they know of any other places or kids with high grades that your kid can go to for help after school. Or ask his teachers to give you a weekly progress report - request them to email it if necessary so you can keep abreast of what is going on. Your kids need to see that they "can't pull the wool over your eyes." and if show them if they don't keep up with it, they will lose cell phone priviledges or some other event or thing they are attached too things will soon click in their brains. The item or event as risk has got to mean something to make them motivated. I don't have to nag with them about it every day. I just explained to my kids that the same applies to me out in the real world. If I don't do what is expected of me at work then I loose benefits and its all based on my annual evaluation. I often refer to school as their workplace and the library as their office and homework as their job description. The report card is the evaluation of his bosses (teachers). It's a constant struggle at first as they will throw all kinds of excues at you to see if you bite, but, if you follow up on all their excuses or if you stick with the system, it works. Kids need to know what you say is real and will happen. When you don't do what you say you lose leverage and they do whatever. At first you will hear lots of excuses why this is the way it is but, overall they get it - you are not going to budge, they will do it. Soon they will be glad to show you their weekly progress report and or report card and you no longer have to ask for it and the grades will improve and the life lesson will be learned along the way.