How's the new academic year?

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Registered: 07-23-2002
How's the new academic year?
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Fri, 08-30-2013 - 10:31pm

What's in the works? If you've started already, how is it going?

Lori, how did your ds's surgery go? How is he recovering? Gwen, any luck getting M. into the alternative school? For those of you whose children are changing schools, how is it all feeling at this point? What exactly is your child's educational situation at this point?

My answers below.

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Fri, 08-30-2013 - 11:06pm

School for my kids starts next week after Labour Day.

Dd19 will be starting second year at university. She's in a Music Performance program on violin on the other side of the country. She was home for most of the summer, for the first time in 3 years, which was great. Placement auditions for orchestra are next week; she's feeling well-prepared. She placed very highly last year and feels confident she'll do even better this year. She's really happy to be back at school, and is also working on her French, and running regularly, as well as practicing 6-8 hours a day, so she seems to be leading a pretty well-balanced life all things considered.

Ds16 and dd14 are taking 12th and 11th grades respectively at the tiny local public high school. The school is moving to a seminar-plus-supported-self-study model this year instead of traditional classes, with the high school dropping in size to 42 students (and that's including the 7th and 8th graders in the count). I almost despair ... sometimes wishing my kids had an accessory parent or grandparent whom they could live with somewhere bigger with more options. A ton of other teens from this community have done so. But we don't have a grandparent or estranged parent or doting Aunt available to offer the right situation. And we do like three of the teachers at this school a lot: they are open-minded and creative and inspiring in their passions. And of course there's a huge opportunity for individualizing learning in a school this small. So, fingers crossed. Returning to homeschooling is always an option -- and our trump card when advocating for things we want.

Ds16 will need to be making post-secondary decisions within the next few months. I can see him possibly taking a gap year of sorts by doing a year in the music production program at the community arts college nearby, but it's anyone's guess at this point. He's young for 12th grade, and lacks confidence and decision-making skills.

Dd14 is quite driven and wants to do biology or possibly pre-med at university, but she actually has three more years of high school for various complicated reasons involving the previous principal's refusal to grant a grade-skip. Not a huge deal, but she's taking all her university pre-requisites this year except for PreCalc 12 and English 12 and some really basic electives. I'm not sure what she's going to do academically for two more years after this year. 

So we'll see. IFor this year it looks like same shrinking school with the same great teacher-mentors, and biding time, making the best of a limited set of options.

Dd10 has been double-grade skipped to 7th this year. That's mostly a bit of book-keeping by her homeschool-supervising teacher, simplifying his job a bit. But it will simplify her involvement in any high-school courses and electives she might want to take part in at the school. Mostly she'll be taking an interest-led, project-based approach to her homeschooling with little to no use of curriculum. One of her big ideas for a homeschooling project is wilderness survival skills, and she's very stoked about that! She'll be giving Math 9 a try at school, and hopes to do a week-long contemporary dance elective there as well.

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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