We’re making some decisions and moving on – it feels great!
One of our primary concerns (after finding a place to live – still working on that one) was figuring out what we would do about our boys’ education. There were so many options available and we weren’t sure which option would serve their needs best: homeschool, public school, or a combination of the two.
We finally made the decision about what we’ll do and we’re thrilled with it!
Boise Public Schools have been great to work with in designing a program that is tailor made for our sons. They’ve been totally flexible and will allow us to put the boys in classes of our choosing and homeschool the rest. At this point it is too late in the school year for Davy and Daryl to get ‘credit’ for the classes, but that is not a concern at all. They’ll be able to slide right in and take advantage of the best of the best!
Both of our sons are very advanced in comparison to their peers, so finding a good program could have been hard and it was a great relief to see that Boise offers options for kids like ours. They will be able to attend classes at a special school designed for advanced kids – they’ll even have Daryl’s math level!! We’re psyched!
It’s been interesting hearing from the homeschoolers – it’s like we’re abandoning ship. But really, we aren’t. We’re just taking advantage of opportunities, even if they happen to be part of the public school system. Our sons will continue to be homeschooled for part of the day, and in public school classes for the rest. The best of both worlds.
Having the boys take some classes through the school for these last two months of the school year will help us make more educated decisions about next year – if this goes well, we will continue in the same vein next year. If not, we’ll change. But we won’t know until we try.
The boys are excited! They’ve always enjoyed school and are looking forward to getting back into a more formal educational setting. We know it’s possible (and most likely probable) that they’ll get tired of it quickly. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I’ve heard from some people that their local school districts won’t allow for the flexibility we’re seeing. I would suggest actually talking with the schools – you may be surprised. I had no idea we could do a half/half program until I heard from another parent that they were doing it – so I asked. Schools have realized that kids are all unique and need unique programs – and are allowing parents to tailor make programs for their children.
I would love to hear about your experiences with the public school system – good or bad. Please leave comments below so other parents can get an idea of what options are out there and what obstacles they may face.
I’ve written fairly extensively about our sons’ education. Here are a few of those blog posts in case you are interested in seeing what we’ve done.
And here is our general resource page with lots of info on all aspects of travel