Filling Selective Enrollment seats mid-year PART 2
When I posted last week about the policy on filling spots in gifted/classical classes during the middle of the year, a few people had questions. I called back to the Office of Academic Enhancement and got the following info:
Q: Are seat filled mid-year in the Selective Enrollment High Schools?
A: Not really. The schools tend to over-enroll by up to 10%, as they’ve learned that that number of kids will “disappear” over the summer. The exact class size isn’t quite as important in the high school grades as in the elementary grades, so they just keep them as they fall. IF there was some unusual circumstance where a class was under-enrolled, the principal could request to fill spots, but it doesn’t sound like this has happened yet.
Q: How late in the year will elementary spots be filled?
A: After the middle of the year (2nd semester… do we have semesters?) they figure that moving a child from a “regular” class into an accelerated program might be challenging. So after the mid-year point they don’t plan to do it. I suspect that if you somehow knew your child was next on the list AND you were monitoring a certain school AND you knew a spot came open, you might be able to make a case.
I inquired as to how parents might know their child’s ranking and the nice OAE lady mentioned that some parents are more….. (she searched for the right word…) “diligent” than others at keeping track of these things.
Speaking of diligence, I lack it these days. I did sign my son up for yet another year of gifted testing. Our first test time was 8am on a Sunday morning. (Why this is a test time, I don’t know.) I rescheduled for today at 1pm (Monday Jan 3) somehow not realizing it was the first day back at school. (Again, why is this a test time?) In my usual slacker way of operating, I called OAE mid-day on new year’s eve and asked to reschedule. Luckily they didn’t laugh at me, but told me to call back today. I just couldn’t see yanking my son out of school at noon on the first day back. We’ll see if they give me a new test date or not. By the way, I never received the letter in the mail with our test info. Grr..
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