Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day o' New School

Today, my son attended his first new school in 8 years. He attended his former private school from preschool until 6th grade.

This change came about for reasons I won't get into right now, but our family agreed it was time my son left. Of course, he could have attended his local Torrance middle school, but instead, he chose to take a leap of faith that I don't think I would have had the guts to do at his age.

He chose to attend a newly established charter school in Gardena, located in what looks like an office building. Although it's not your typical-looking school, the non-profit organization that is administrating this charter had some very significant successes in their three previous schools, so we took the plunge.

One benefit of this charter school is that the emphasis is on technology, math and science - three subjects I felt weren't his former school's strengths. Their goal is to substantially improve low achieving students, as well as nurture high achieving students, providing them with opportunities to challenge themselves. After-school tutoring is available for everyone, and uniforms are a requirement.

A good number of the students qualify for free lunch.

Three (or was it four?) of his teachers are men - not including the PE teacher. My son has only ever had one male teacher since preschool. After 8 years of church ladies, it's quite refreshing.

This was the first time in years he's been excited about starting school. However, one day does not a school year make, so I'll be watching his progress closely. Stay tuned.

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