I love our local elementary school. I love the proximity. I love the programs that are offered. There's so many that I can't put Boogie in all the ones I know that he would love because of scheduling! I especially love his teacher. We totally hit the jackpot with Boogie's kindergarten teacher. I could not have asked for a better foundation for his elementary schooling...
...Which brings me to what to do about next year. I think that his teacher is so fabulous that they only place to go is getting a teacher who is wonderful, but not incredible, and that alone will be a bit of a let-down. I just found out about the foreign language immersion programs that our district offers and I think it's so flippin' cool and I know that Boogie would love going to any of those school and learning a new language. I just went to one of the open houses today and I was impressed. If Boogs were to be accepted, it would totally rock all of our worlds in a good way.
However, it's difficult to get into any of the schools. There are only 7 schools who offer foreign language immersion and each school offers only one of the following languages: Spanish, French, or Chinese. There is a very small, small, small chance Boogie will be able to get into any of them because of the high demand, the small number of seats available, and the luck of the draw. But I'm thinking, "Why not try?"
There are many factors to consider: distance, accessibility, time, etc. But I think what Boogs would get in return would outweigh many of those factors. Of course, there is the very conveniently located and outstanding school that's a 7-minute walk from our home. They also offer foreign language classes, but it's only once a week for part of the year.
Choices, choices. I will do some more in-depth research on each of the schools and seriously consider the impact on our life. I have to keep in mind that I'll have a preschooler next year and I'll have to shuffle her back and forth to her school. I'll also have a toddler in tow. I think I'll apply to the programs that are nearest to our home. Even though it would be cool to apply to all 7, if he should get in and we can't make the haul, it's not fair to the others who desperately want to be in the program.
I'm leaving this one in God's hands. But honestly, either way, Boogie will have a great academic year next year. I'm just stoked that our county offers so much in resources and so does our local school. I've taught in our county and I don't remember any of my schools offering the variety or number of after school activities that our local school has to offer. I'm so excited for him and I look forward to what next year will bring. For Buggy, too, as I start her preschool application process this week!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to end. (NIV)