offers and expectations

OFFERS: all high school offers are listed on one letter that’s sent out from the DOE, generally at the end of February. Schools choose to distribute them different: some mail them home, some give them to students at the end of the day, some have parents come and meet kids so they can open them together. Sigh. Not something to think about now but that’s a stressful part of this crazy process as well.

There will be a main round offer (some kids don’t get a main round offer and then participate in round 2). There could also be a specialized offer, if your child earned a seat at a test in school - this is where you’ll see their SHSAT score. Again, you’ll never see what they got right and wrong or how the scaled scored was figured out. And, if they applied to LaGuardia, an offer/offers will appear there as well. So, a kid could get several offers - main round, specialized, Laguardia - which will bring up a new host of discussions. 

EXPECTATIONS (and just my opinion): Jack was watching the debate last night while reviewing notes for today’s AP comp sci test. He’d already finished Spanish, math, and English homework, and went into school early today to clarify something with his chemistry teacher. He’s working hard. He’s juggling a lot. He crashed and burned a bit this year and we’re revamping his organizational systems and how he manages time. Bottom line: high school is hard. The work load can get intense. Throw in extra curriculars and time gets even harder to manage. He has good teachers and for the most part is into what he’s learning but it’s high school, not a love fest. It’s easy during this part of the high school process to hope for you and your child to fall in love with schools. And when you talk to students and tour guides and administrators who are bubbly and energetic and are cheerleading for their schools, it’s easy to get caught up in that. But the reality is that it’s 4 years during which your kid is going to grow and be challenged and will mostly likely both fail and excel at things. There are pluses and minuses to all these places. Finding several that feel like they could be a good fit for your child is quite the challenge. Especially since who they are at 14 isn’t who they will be at 18. And how can you possibly know if what feels right now will continue to work going forward. 

It’s all about educated guesses. Making what are hopefully wise choices. And supporting your child wherever they end up.