That whole night went fine. To get into middle schools in the district we had to fill out paperwork with our top three choices.
Of course Mica wants to go to the school that's in the most dangerous part of town. It's the best school in our opinion. When we walked into that school last year they had a hydroponic system going to grow plants, it's the only middle school in the metro that has their own planetarium, and they had all these tools set out under a sink. What were they teaching? Plumbing of course.
The open house he went to recently is a school closer to our home. It's his 2nd choice. No bells and whistles, but it is close. They do have a pool and weight room that they never showed us.
His last choice is a magnet school that gets money from Warren Buffet's foundation. Their focus is on journalism and broadcasting. Those aren't really Mica's areas of interest, nor are they taken seriously now a days, but the school is nice because of the funds they get. It's always filled, so I doubt he'll go to that one.
More on middle schools later. It's a lottery system, so we'll see what he gets into soon enough.
Isaak and my nephew Edison are in the photo below. Edison was keeping us entertained that night! These two thought they were ready to go to middle school.
- They actually start at different grade levels in the district: Some in 5th, some in 6th, and some in 7th grade.
- They each have their focus. I'm kind of neutral with that. They are in middle school. How specific do they really need to get?
- The better schools seem to be in crappier parts of town. That sucks!
- There are so many options! I grew up in a different district. We had 1 option.
- You have to live in a certain area (zone) to qualify for bussing. The bussing isn't rated super high here, so Mica's getting a cell phone for his birthday.
What age does middle school start where you live?