I agree with Big Sky, go with your gut. Every situation is different. As someone who transferred from a public to a private school, I know how hard that transition can be in all facets. I was a good student, all As, in public school, but McDonogh's academic load hit me like a brick wall. It took me the better part of a year to adjust to the difference in academics before I was even back to all Bs. I honestly feel I might have been better off in everything (sports and academics) if I had reclassified back a year. Just 2 cents from someone who's been in a similar situation, albeit at a different grade level .