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The international schools are DEFINITELY a very expensive option...and one you've obviously ruled out already.|
I am generally quite positive about homeschooling...but in this case, I'd worry that it will lead to TOO MUCH isolation for your son. As a teacher, I doubt you'll be living in an area with many other foreign kids your son's age; and if he's not studying in a Chinese school, he'll end up being extremely isolated.
On the other hand, if you are staying in China for a relatively short time (one or two years), and your son will be returning to study in your home country later, Chinese high schools will not offer the same curriculum, and your son may end up lacking crucial knowledge or credits.
I'd suggest a combination. I know several parents here who have been able to reach agreements with local high schools, whereby their child enrolls at the school, but the parents get some choice about which classes their child attends. For example, classes that indoctrinate students in Comm-unist theory may be avoided. As long as you are paying money to the school (and it doesn't have to be that much), they are generally willing to work with you. Then you supplement your son's education with homeschooling in the subjects that are NOT being covered at the high school.
One warning -- as you said, obviously, all classes will be in Chinese language only (except for English classes, which for obvious reasons your son can skip). This will be a serious impediment.
In the end, there probably is no "ideal" answer. I'd say that a LOT of it depends on how long you'll be here. If its only one year, then just homeschool. There won't be enough time for your son to learn enough Chinese to make a Chinese highschool practical. If you'll be here longer, you might want to do a combination of homeschooling and Chinese language lessons for your son in the first year, then look into having him join a Chinese highschool in the second year.
That's all I can offer for the time being...hope it helps.