School has been in session for a few months and most children are getting back into their daily routines. Parents, teachers and most kids are happy that schools are open. Kids are getting a much-needed sense of normalcy (whatever that looks like in their schools).
With fall upon us, many kids are deciding what they want to be for Halloween or what they should ask Santa. Others are deciding what the next step is in their education. Of course, this is a big decision for high schoolers, but I am not talking about high school kids (not yet anyway). I am talking about 8th graders trying to decide where they want to attend high school. This may seem like no big deal to some people, but for others, the decision is daunting. Not everyone has access to quality education.
Now because I am a wee bit OCD, when our school hosted a virtual high school question and answer session last spring for 7th graders, I took part. I immediately begin researching our options. Throughout Saint Louis, there are many great high schools, as well as some not-so-great ones. The school gave the kids a packet with the schools broken down by type. There are many religious, private, magnet, charter and public high schools in our area. The options seemed endless. They also gave detailed descriptions of each school with application information and potential costs. My kids’ school went above and beyond to make sure that these kids had the information they needed to narrow down their search.
As she visited schools and narrowed down her top choices, my worry set in. Are her test scores high enough? Will her essays impress the admissions people? Does her IEP affect their decisions? My biggest concern is how will she handle it if she does not get accepted to her top choice? I never want her to feel that she is not good enough.
The applications are in; the essays are complete, and financial aid forms are submitted, so now we wait! We wait to see where the next chapter in my daughter’s educational journey will take her. We will know in Mid-December if she gets accepted to her first choice school and if we can make her wish come true. Until then we are going to enjoy the holidays and all the special 8th grade moments!