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  #1  
December 6th, 2011, 07:37 AM
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Would you consider sending your child to a school for the gifted, even if it meant a long bus ride and going to a different school than their siblings?

I have a few choices for schools next year, and it is really hard to decide.
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December 6th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Yes. We've chosen to homeschool, because that fits our situation best, but there's a wonderful gifted school about an hour from us. He goes there for summer camp.
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December 6th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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It depends. Some of them are good. Some aren't. I've heard VERY good things about the one in PG.
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December 6th, 2011, 06:54 PM
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I am with Heather. It depends. I had an opportunity to send Erin to one for middle school. HOWEVER, it was in a bad part of the city, no buses, and I wasn't convinced it was all that good. Otherwise, I might have considered it.

Can you tell us some about the school your considering? What are your options for next year?
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December 7th, 2011, 05:12 AM
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I don't know much about it honestly. I want to schedule a meeting with the gifted teacher at her current school and see what she can tell me. There is a lottery to get in, and they start taking applications in January.

Our first option is to leave her where she is. We like her teacher, and there are sweet kids in her class. It is only one mile from our house, and the bus stop is right in our backyard. They have a gifted program, and pull her out 2-3 days a week. The downside is that this school has some serious funding issues. Anything "extra" is long gone. I also feel like the material is very easy. Like in first grade they are still learning letter sounds. Really?

Option #2 is a Charter School which is on the base. Also a lottery to get into, but I think they would probably get in. This school has no bus, so I'd have to walk or drive the children. It is close though. They don't have any gifted program there, but the entire curriculum is a good year ahead of her current school. They also have a beautiful new building, only 15 kids per class, and enough funding for things like field trips, art, and music. Downsides: No bus and the uniforms (yes, this is a public school) cost $85 each. As in $85 for just one uniform...yikes.

Option #3 is to try to get her into this gifted school, which they call a TAG Center. I do believe they provide bussing, but it would be a longer ride than she has now. She'd also be apart from her siblings, the neighborhood kids, and the friends she made this year.
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December 7th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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I'd do option 2 or 3. Can you put her in both lotteries?
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December 7th, 2011, 05:43 PM
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I agree with option 2 or 3 and maybe trying both lotteries to see what pans out.

Re: the initial question, it would totally depend for me. If one of my kids really wanted to go and it had a super unique program and/or my child was having a terrible time in the local school, I would. In your case with the local school moving so slowly I would definitely be on the list for it.
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December 9th, 2011, 03:14 PM
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Yes, I can put her in both lotteries. I am pretty sure I am going to, because even if she did get in we could turn down the spot. It would give us more options at least. I'm just having a hard time letting go of the idea of having all the kids together.
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December 11th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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So I finally sat Beth on my knee and asked her if she would like to continue on in her current school, or if she would like to try a new school. She asked if I could please homeschool her like I used to.

Soo...no closer to a decision and now even more options! I am a big fan of homeschooling, but I have really enjoyed having my older two in school. It's given me lots of time with my little girls, and I feel like I am much more patient with my older two now that we are not together 24/7. Well, Beth never bothered me actually. But little Matt drives me nuts most of the time. And if I homeschool one I want to homeschool all of them so that we'll have the freedom to make our own schedule.

At this point I am just praying for some clarity in my decision making.
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December 11th, 2011, 02:00 PM
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How much of a pain would it be to homeschool Beth and not the others? I know a family like that. One child goes to a charter and another is homeschooled. Does your pre-K child go to a school this year? I can understand it may be a lot of shuffling around every day.
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December 11th, 2011, 03:59 PM
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It wouldn't be too much of a pain really. The school bus picks them up in our backyard. This year I only have two in school, but my second dd could go to pre-k next year if we wanted her to. The biggest downside would be that their school lets out at 1:55, so if we went anywhere I'd have to make sure I was home in time to get the other kids. I have no idea why their school day is a full hour shorter than we're used to...it's just a strange district.

This afternoon I had B take a few placement tests for homeschool curriculums I had looked at previously, so at least I have a better idea as to what I would be looking for.
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