Dmmetler Posted January 9, 2017 Share Posted January 9, 2017 We went to the magnet schools fair yesterday for the larger city we live near. We are officially out of district, but since we pay county taxes, DD is eligible to attend their schools vs the tiny separate school district we're zoned into. She may or may not get in-there are a small number of kids assured acceptance into the magnet programs (each middle school principal has 5 slots that are assured acceptance for magnets-scattered over about a dozen programs in different schools), but after that all qualified kids are placed in a lottery for available slots. (DD qualifies for all magnets based on ACT/SAT scores, but higher than minimum scores don't give you any priority). There are two options that seem worth considering for high school (year after next). Both are school-within a school programs. The first is AP Capstone, which requires a major research project as well as competition of stacks of AP courses. The school offers 29 AP classes/exams, some limited just to Capstone students, some open to everyone. The ones that are just Capstone kids have high passing rates. The ones open to everyone, not so much. Rumor has it that the workload is heavy with a lot of busywork, and that it's highly competitive, and that the hosting school students aren't always nice to the magnet kids. The second is IB. There are three campuses that have IB. One is a school where the honors track is the IB track, with about half the students starting and about 25% actually graduating with an IB diploma vs just a plain college bound one. The second and third both are magnet-only campuses, each housing two or more programs. One is creative and performing arts and IB. The other is IB and technical trades. The last is the newest IB program. The third option, of course, is to continue as we are, doing college classes as needed, plus online classes and homegrown ones. The big downside to this is that the social network for kids DD's age is largely limited to a couple of tutorial programs that provide high school classes, so kids outside that network are very left out. And while there are homeschool sports, there simply aren't the fun extras available (although DD has hopes of making the CC cheer team, and we probably will attend some of their basketball games this season). DD's biggest need in a school is flexibility for her research and project needs. But social is also getting more and more important, as teenhood beckons. She says she's not willing to sacrifice academics for friends-but she desperately wants what she thinks most kids have. Sigh..anyone have any suggestions? We'll start the school tours circuit tomorrow. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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