We are incredibly excited that the girls have been accepted into their first choice schools for middle school and high school!
The middle school is a charter school. I am aware of the pros and cons of charters, but here’s the thing: when we went to the info session, it felt like home to both of us. Their educational philosophy makes sense to us, they have middle and high schools and they even have an advisory program that will be available to her for her first year of college. My daughter is as thrilled as I am.
My older daughter will be going to my alma mater, a public arts high school as a Visual Arts major. While it’s no surprise it felt like home to me, my daughter also felt it when we went on the tour. These are students that care about the same things she cares about, these are teachers that understand the “creative” brain, and she will get to spend three hours a day learning about and creating art. I know from experience that she will make life-long friends, and that in the end, no matter what career she ends up having, she will understand the basic tools to get her through anything.
What makes me most excited about the coming school year is how excited my girls are. I don’t think I’ve seen them this excited about school since they were kindergartners. The novelty wore off, and they know that it’s not always exciting to learn, you’re not always going to be the teacher’s pet, and that, as much as we hate to say it, school can sometimes be tedious and/or boring.
The benefit of those experiences, however, makes it all the more likely that they will be able to get through any of the challenges that come up because overall, they will still enjoy school more every day and have so much to look forward to every day. The things they don’t love will just be small prices to pay for the opportunities these schools will afford them. Simply having a more positive attitude always makes problems seem so much smaller.
It’s a long road ahead to be sure, but their enthusiasm makes me feel like we’ve already won half the battle.
April McCaffery is a single mother to two daughters, in 5th and 8th grade.