This was on my personal FB page, but man, it was long enough for a post! So...
Next school year is holding many stressors for me (and Catie too, I
guess). Catie will be going into high school. There are three
possibilities for her.
She could go to our local public school, which is
not our best option. It's not a failing school, but it's a little rough
around the edges. I think she could do OK-ish there, but I'd be
concerned that the environment would mess her up. It's the same crowd
she dealt with in her middle school
before we transferred her to Holy Name, and I don't know how much
they've improved/matured in the last two years.
The second is to send her to the Catholic high school. Academically,
this is the best possible option. Socially, it's a great option - we
know the kids, the discipline is excellent, all over a great school. The
problem is tuition - $6300ish a year. Even though the grandparents have
offered their help, that's a lot of money to ask help with.
Scholarships are available, but can be hard to get - it's a matter of
filing the forms before the well runs dry.
The third is a remote
possibility, but one we learned about yesterday and want to learn more
about. It's a brick-and-mortar charter high school with a focus on the
arts, audition only for admission. Since it's a charter school, there's
no tuition to worry about, but a lot of fundraisers are part of the
package. Catie is very interested in this, but she has no real
background in theatre (which is one thing she would look into), and she
doesn't have a portfolio of artwork as yet (which is another field of
interest) but she has some flair in her drawing. I told her we would
check out some free improv classes and she could see how she feels, and
she could always audition for the school and see how she does.
we have to treat these like Schrodinger's schools, and plan for her to
attend each of them and be attached to none. I have to help her organize
the application for each, apply for scholarships for the Catholic
school, help her prepare for an audition in the busiest season of her
school year, and comfort her if the public school is the ultimate end.
And that's just what I have to do - she's going to be wired like a bomb
with tension about all this.