Last day for Options for Knowledge. Will I or Won’t I?
Well, today is the last day to submit an application to a school for their lottery or to submit a request for testing for Gifted/Classical Schools.
About a month ago, when I was working at the NPN fair and some parents innocently asked “when do we have to apply for the gifted test? In the Spring?” and I went all bug-eyed… “uh, like NOW people, NOW! Soon!” That night it occured to me that I hadn’t given any thought at all to submitting an application anywhere or having my son tested again. That was a good sign, I thought. Real confidence in our current school and lack of interest in going elsewhere. I always assumed that I’d just keep getting him tested for a few years for the gifted programs, just to keep options open and of course see if his “giftedness” was slipping. But when it came down to it, I couldn’t really think of another school I’d be that keen on moving to if he did test in somewhere. I love the neighborhood people at our school and the gifted program seems to be off to a good start. Can’t beat that for free, eh?
I also was hesitant to test again based on a conversation with one of the dads from our class who speculated that the gifted/classical testing can probably vary by a good 10% for any kid from day to day, based on things like mood, hunger, or some random interesting object in the testing room. I agree with that. And I figured I would just rather stay in ignorant bliss, knowing my son did a decent job that one year. Mama doesn’t want to see a 10% drop this year. Then I’d just start to worry that he was going to start lagging behind, etc etc.
I will admit to having had a few lingering doubts. There was a recent article about the top Elementary schools in the state and Hawthorne was the only CPS school in the top 50 that doesn’t require testing in. Something impressive goes on there, and I briefly wondered about just applying every year, hoping to hit the jackpot.
I also figured it might make sense to apply/test just in case some thing unexpectedly annoying or weird happens at our school by the end of the year and I want to get out. Hard to see that happening, but with CPS you never know.
Plus, hey, I have this blog. What am I going to write about if I’m not immersed in the application process?
But I came to peace. I would stay at our school with our nice neighborhood school as our backup. Peace, indeed.
Until today. Now I can drive an application to a school (nah) or get to the post office to get my testing application postmarked by today. I’m having second thoughts. I’ve realized today that I am a testing junkie. I took the SATs 3 times. I enjoy doing GMAT practice questions for fun. Something is wrong with me, I swear it. I just may try to make it to the post office today….