Which means zie won’t be going to private school or skipping a grade. At least not right away.
Our plan was either DC2 does public school in the dual language program for kindergarten or zie skips K and goes straight to 1st in private school. DC2 lotteried into dual-language and will be going to the one on our bus route. (A benefit of being rezoned into one of the worst school zones is that’s also where the specialty programs are housed in the hopes of getting high SES parents and kids involved with the school.)
I’m not sure how to feel about this development. On the one hand, dual-language is awesome.
On the other hand, while DC2 doesn’t need to skip two grades at this point (recall DC1 started K early and did K and 1 at the same time–DC2’s birthday is right before the deadline unlike DC1’s), zie really does not need to take K. Zie can read pretty much anything at this point and writes pretty well (with some getting letters and numbers backwards a lot much like I did at hir age) and is up to double-digit addition and subtraction without carrying/borrowing in hir math books. The state goals for K involve counting to 10 (recall that learning goals for this state are about a year behind those in much of the rest of the country). Not to mention that class sizes are large, which makes it more difficult for teachers to differentiate and give personalized attention, though obviously some teachers are still good at it.
We’re hoping the second language acquisition will make the lack of other new material in K more bearable.
Starting K early wasn’t possible if we wanted to do dual-language, and skipping dual-language K doesn’t seem like a great idea even if it’s allowed given that DC1 knows very little Spanish. It’s possible zie could skip dual-language 1st or a later grade, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
So I worry. I hope we’re making the right decision. But I know we can course correct if not.
I also hope that my eager, strong, excited DC2 doesn’t get beaten down too much by school. I hope zie isn’t silenced by expectations and peer pressure.
I want to protect hir. But I don’t know that I can.