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I’m Gonna Live Forever!

November 12, 2008

Laura’s Blog Entry

One of the most stressful things about parenting, once you get past the late nights sitting up with a sick child, is the whole issue of what school your child will attend. Mari has been enrolled in her current school, a small campus here in Cincinnati, since the first grade. Before that she went to a nearby Montessori preschool. Both times we had to select a school it was emotional and time consuming. We’ve been very happy with our choices, but we are approaching another time of transition.

In two years she will be entering 7th grade, which is a natural time to transition to the public school system. We are fortunate that our city offers a number of “magnet schools,” specialized schools that you can apply to if you live within the district. We’ve been talking about the arts school for a few years, wondering if that might be a good option. Well we are one step closer to making that move. We went to a school fair the other night to do some preliminary investigation into the whole thing.

Mari has interests in a number of the areas of study they offer, the obvious one being dance. So we went to the meeting to see what we could see. Well, I was very impressed with what we found. The environment seems to be a good fit for Mari. She was very excited about what she heard. We went to dinner afterwards and she poured over the catalog of required classes to see what dance level she thought she might be and if she could continue taking computer classes. The most encouraging thing about the evening was how enthusiastic she was about everything. I think she is excited about a place for a bunch of artsy kids to all learn together.

It is comforting to know we have a good option and we can now schedule a tour and see the place in action. Both Neil and I wish we had a school like this to go to when we were kids.

I don’t want to pressure her on this. It’s not her job to live out MY dream to go to a school like I saw in Fame. The decision is ultimately hers to make. But watch out Debbie Allen; she just might be heading your way.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2008 9:31 am

    Well tons of kudos for you and Neil for taking the time to do some research and find a school Mari will not only learn from and enjoy. I can honestly say, I don’t know any other parents that have done that.

  2. November 12, 2008 10:06 am

    Well, I’m not equipped to homeschool like our brilliant and talented podcasting friends, so I am just trying to do the best I can with the options we have. Thanks for your support, Nessa. Since I adopted you I can look for a school for you, too if you like. It’s all part of the package!

  3. Bryan permalink
    November 12, 2008 4:15 pm

    Funny, I was on the cps website just yesterday. Obviously we have a little while, but the options are a little mind-boggling. I think our front-runner is the same school. They should be k-12 when he hits that age.

    A couple were looking at a house on our street a few weeks ago, their teenagers go to SCPA, and they live in the ‘burbs currently. So they actually pay to send their kids to that school.

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