What did you do to prepare him or her?
(I know there has to be a million threads on this topic but I couldn't find them.)
First of all, I only have a 10 1/2 year old, so this is just my nervous energy trying to figure out a little bit of the path forward. The usual disclaimer of "everything can change in the next 3 years" certainly applies. Alas, I need to plan....
DS 10 maintains that he would like to go to high school. He wants the experience of going to high school and he wants to make friends. Both my husband and I feel that we can let out kids choose and if they want to try school, we aren't against it.
That said, we will be looking into "out of the box" options. We have a Montessori High School which is really sort of project based. We also have an arts high school that could be an option, where he could immerse himself in music, but I'm not sure about the academics. We also have several rigorous private high schools in the area although they would need to offer generous financial aid (The Montessori school is also private and $$$) Public school *could* work, we have a few districts with robust GT/AP/IB tracks, but I'm afraid they still won't be good challenge wise as we are on track to complete at least through Algebra II if not Geometry before he enters high school. I know there are other classes like pre Calc and Calc, a couple of the schools also offer Statistics. He's not radically accelerated in math, but he is pretty accelerated as far as English Lit and Humanities are concerned. Maybe dual enrollment could be an option, but I know that can throw a wrench in the plans as far as college acceptance & financial aid later on.
Anyways, I'm rambling here, but what has your experience been transitioning from home to high school?
What do you feel a student and their parents, should do to prepare?
TIA, thanks for putting up with my public display of neurosis!