My daughter took the 2nd grade standardized test this year and we just found out she knocked it out of the park.
This means she has a chance at going to the special talented kid school. We found out Monday that she qualifies and the only open house we could go to was on Tuesday we also have a bunch if paperwork to produce in a short time frame.
You get in by lottery. The school got moved last year which pissed off a bunch of parents and generated some lawsuits. The bad press means there are more openings and less competition than normal. It's a better than a 50/50 chance.
A few of the parents at the open house were the sort of people that start planning their kids college admissions campaign in kindergarten. They were fucking annoying with their outrage that there isn't a music or sports program. It's still a public school, the classrooms get no more funding than the regular kids classrooms.
What they do get is a classroom of kids all operating around the same level. The lessons look very multidisciplinary with a lot of project work. Everyone has a grade level homeroom. The science is taught above grade level. Kids do half a year of Spanish and half a year of Mandarin. When they get to middle school they pick a language and earn college language credit for the class. The kids leave their homeroom for math instruction, going to a class that operates at their current level of understanding. Three grade levels above grade level is where the current kids who have the most aptitude are at.
It seems like a way better situation than her current classroom of 31 kids with a teacher who shouts a lot and picks the good kids and bad kids during the first few weeks of school.
I really really hope she gets in. I think it would be great for her.