After an exhausting three months, I handed in my son's application to enter a New York City public high school this coming September 2018.
This process is so incredibly flawed, but through it, I've learned more about my child, my child's current school, other schools, teachers, and the department of education in my city which happens to be the biggest school district in the country.
More importantly, my son, my husband, and I feel good about the choices. Nothing is perfect, but within the three months of researching and visiting schools, we know we did our best. That said, ask us if we think we should have started researching earlier.
Oh yes, we should have. Sure I had a lot on my mind when he was in 7th grade, but I believe I could have squeezed some more work into this process. I know this because I was learning non-stop throughout the 3 months, even until the last week before submitting his ranked list of 12. In manyways it was a very heavy duty part-time job. Is that unfair? Absolutely, but the show must go on.
I had a very wise friend who taught me everything she knew in September, so I was already in good shape, but with a child who has special needs and also needs a certain amount of academic rigor to stay motivated, I should have started my research earlier.
So here I am, a head chock full of useful nuggets waiting to be spilled over. I am taking a quick survey for 6th and 7th grade parents who want to learn what I learned. I also want to share what worked when trying to keep my kid motivated and productively participating in the process.
Here is the form. Just 3 Questions! Hope to meet you!