Our Max is 12, but already we have to start looking for high schools to apply to. Dalton, in NYC is 34,000 a year. (ha, ha, ha.) we cannot apply to Hunter because although we are in NYC's unofficial 6th borough, we are not in the city. There's a great gifted school down the block, but we have to set up an appointment and beg for money. We love this fabulous high school in the area where 98 percent go on to Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and it's FREE, but it is so competitive that we cannot count on Max getting in. (I think they take 4 from Hoboken.) We went to look at another prep school, which we all hated, and the deal was sealed when I asked the principal, "Where do kids go on to college?" and she didn't know. Couldn't remember. Hello?
So today we went to the local high school which has an IB program (college level courses, you can graduate in three years), tons of advanced placement, too. The problem is, all this is fairly new stuff (just a year and a half in the making, with a new principal) and before, the school still has vestiges of its crummy past. Only 70 percent go on to college (WARNING), a lot of the equipment in the school is outmoded. Not our first choice, but it is a choice, I guess.
Sigh. High school for me was horrific. I went to a working class school outside of Boston where only 15% went on to college and I had to hide my report cards because of the threats of being beaten up because I got As. I, and my small pack of friends, were shouted at, bullied, and there was the great Leavitt/Grail fight when the toughest girl in my school threatened to beat me up because "I looked like a goddamned hippie." She snarled at me and pointedly said, "Three o'clock. Parking lot." Lucky for me, she called in a bomb scare first and was caught and hauled off to juvie hall. My classes were horrible. An english teacher gave us Rod McKuen for our poetry unit, the sociology teacher spent all class talking about what a bitch his sister was, and I hid out in the art room for most of the time.
I want so desperately for Max to go to a great school with great people in it! Anyone want to give us $120,000 so he can?