This is where I’m at as of Fall 2016:
My son continues in a CPS 8th grade gifted class where he’s thriving. I still love obsessing about our beloved school district and the craziness of the school application process. We’ll be going through the high school application process during Fall 2016.
This is who I was when I started this blog in 2008 when my son was entering Kindergarten:
This is a blog about a parent who is about to dive into CPS… the Chicago Public School system and the ongoing anxiety that will likely follow.
I’m the mom of a 5-year-old son who will be entering Kindergarten in Fall 2008 in Chicago. A significant portion of my braintime for the past few years has been spent researching the different opportunities for education in our city and determining which school will be the best fit for him. (No, my brain had seemingly not grasped that “choice” is mainly an illusion in the Chicago school universe.) **As of Fall 2009, I’m the mom of a 6-year-old who is first grade in one of the regional gifted centers.**
Our son spent his first 2 years of PreK at a private Montessori school. But being the education-obsessed mom that I am, I had to get him tested for the Gifted/Classical schools.
Luck was on our side and he tested into a new Regional Gifted Center that is opening in Fall 2008 at what I will call the New Gifted School. I say luck because I can’t help but wonder if there was a score mix-up of some sort. Sure, his grandmother thinks he’s a genius but he seems like a regular kid to me — certainly not any different than the other kids his age I converse with (conversations being mainly about Sponge Bob and superheroes, of course, so how intellectual can it get?)
The decision to leave the cushy private school enviroment for CPS was a big one. I spent hours upon hours talking to anyone and everyone who would listen/share about their opinions and experiences. Ultimately, the administration at the New Gifted School continued to impress me repeatedly… enough to overcome our nervousness about CPS. I’m excited about being part of the new program at the school and to be a CPS parent and get the full city-school experience, but also a bit nervous about the potential obstacles or frustrations that may lie ahead.
The decision has been made. Now to see how it pans out…….
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