We still haven't gotten the Kiddo's ITBS scores in to see if she's eligible for the Magnet program (delivery of the scores has been delayed twice so far, now supposed to arrive sometime next week!) -- but the Magnet School's Open House for parents took place today...
Y'all? We *have* to get her into that school!
It's not even the school itself (which, to be honest, looked a lot smaller and more run-down than her current school). But it had a really positive vibe, a brainy-friendly feeling (without feeling too "Montessori"), and I really felt like she could just bloom there. 18:1 student/teacher ratio, a music program, lots of extracurriculars and tutoring opportunities, just really remarkable.
The problem? Presuming she'll meet or exceed the required scores on the test, the only problem is the lottery...and today, the problem got worse.
Or rather, it didn't get worse, today I found out just how much worse it was.
I knew that there were less spots for the kids trying to get in after 4th grade.
I knew this.
I just didn't know *how many* fewer spots there were for the older kids. Check it out:
In 4th grade, there are about 145 spots for kids.
In 5th grade, they take, on average, 5-6 new students TOTAL -- and my kid's vying for a 5th grade spot.
I did find out that kids can continue to apply for the Magnet program all the way up to and through High School, so, there's that (I thought you got your last chance in 6th grade, so that was good news). But, for real, I didn't realize that so few kids would be accepted this year.
So, short of bribing someone in the School Choice office (and I do live in DeKalb County, GA, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that a bribe would be accepted), I'm going to focus on the power of positive thinking to try to get the Kiddo in.
But even then, I'm getting ahead of myself: right now, I'm focusing my power of positive thinking onto getting her test scores back and making sure she is eligible. THEN I'll focus my ray on her name being chosen.
I swear to dog, I'm not going to survive the semester!