Finn turns 5 next month. In our state, that means that they expect him to start Kindergarten in the Fall. So they send you a letter reminding you of that and giving you your choices. In the school district we live in, we have these choices:
- His assigned school, which teaches a “Core” program. It’s the only elementary school in the district that does this.
- A Montessori-based Kindergarten, which has a tract that stays Montessori through Grade 8. This is at 1 elementary school in our district.
- An International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which is available all the way through high school. This is at 1 elementary school in our district.
- A normal/regular/standard school that the rest of the elementary schools use.
- A private school (religious or otherwise)
- Opting into another public school district
- Waiting a year til he’s 6 to decide.
Right now, we’re waiting a year to start Kindergarten. For a variety of reasons, this is the right choice for him.
But, man, all the choices! Let’s say I rule out other districts, private school and homeschooling (which we haven’t ruled out, but let’s just say) — that still gives me 4 educational options in 1 school district. 4!?!? I’m appreciative of having choices, but geesh!
When my mom wanted to enroll me in Kindergarten, it was simple. What’s your assigned school? That’s where you went – all the schools in that same district had the same curriculum. Sure, you might prefer a different elementary school because you knew of the principal or the location was better, but there wasn’t a difference in how the material was taught.
Choices are good. But they also cause analysis paralysis!