We are so very, very fortunate. Miss M was awarded a place in the private school, and almost a full scholarship. I was really shocked by the scholarship, and feel so blessed. We decided that we had to accept the spot. It is an amazing opportunity for her, and with the scholarship the tuition is financially manageable for us. We had to take advantage of the opportunity. We are really excited for her, and so very proud of her. I feel like she's found her tribe.
We talked with SB's school, as well, and there is some chance that they will be able to swing a partial scholarship for her. We are crossing our fingers and all of our other parts, and hoping this works out, as well. We will have to take on a not-insubstantial amount of additional work to make it financially viable even with a scholarship, but she continues to do beautifully there, and we think it is critical that she stays where she is. She is literally a different person. If you had told me three months ago that a school change alone would have made this much of a difference in my child, I would not have believed you. It upsets me greatly to think about what was going on in her previous classroom that a school change has made such a difference.
A big part of the change is obviously that she is now being treated well. It's clear that she was considered and called a problem at her old school. But one of the other important differences is the amount of playground time. Given her energy level, it is just an imperative. If we move her back to public school, we're back to 30 minutes a day, which just doesn't work for her, at least not yet. Hopefully with another year in her current school, she will mature to the point where she is ready for a more sedentary classroom. Sigh. What happened to childhood?! Anyway, we hope, hope, pray things work out with her current school.
As a backup plan, I've also enrolled them in public school. Just in case. Because I am so leary of the other shoe falling and something not working out. Which is slightly neurotic and crazy, I know, but it's been that kind of year. I need plans B, C, and D for my own peace of mind.
Honestly, I am living in a state of low anxiety all of the time these days. It is really unhealthy. There has just been so much stress. And I'm headed off on a multi-country business trip, which is not helping things. I just feel like a rat on a little wheel, with so much to do all of the time and so many things to work out and balance. Now that things look like they are shaping up for the girls and school next year, I am also starting to hear back on positions that might be available overseas. Ah, well. Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air at the craziness of it all!