So… remember how super happy and grateful we were about our schooling this year? How DC was flourishing, how they’re letting hir work at about hir level through early entrance, single-subject acceleration, and differentiated activities? How socially it was all awesome. How DC is sleeping more and learning that it’s ok to make mistakes and to try new things even if there’s a chance of messing up?
This morning we got an email saying that the school only has enough money for another month. They need 300K in donations to reimburse all of us who pre-paid tuition and 500K to last until May. In order to survive another 3-5 years while they get back enrollment from the mass exodus they suffered when the first headmaster died and was replaced by a lady with a completely different vision of the school 3 years ago (and they have been rebuilding), they need a multi-million dollar grant.
I want to cry. I actually did cry right before class when my father emailed and said he’d donate a 5 figure amount to the school on our behalf. He’s very much like FGS‘s Babci so that sacrifice means a lot, and I’m not sure if we can let him do that. And even that amount is only a drop in the bucket of what is needed.
Tomorrow we’ll find more information. One thing I don’t understand is why they can’t make it a K-4 or K-8 school and jettison the under subscribed high schoolers, just as if they were starting a brand new school, gradually adding on new grades. And maybe they’ll be able to. I don’t know.
But I really don’t know what we’re going to do if they don’t last out the year. Or what we’re going to do next year. We can’t go back to preschool now, not after how wonderful this experience has been. I think that leaves the other Montessori option– the one geared towards SAHM that gets out at 2:30 and doesn’t really have after school care. Otherwise it’s another year of preschool followed by another year of kindergarten (without single subject acceleration) and how can you do that to a kid who has already tasted (and loved) what it’s like to do second grade math and first grade language arts in an academic prep school?
Like DH said, sometimes things really are too good to be true.