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My H will be considering a new job abroad for 2-3 years. All of this is overwhelming; at the moment, I'm more concerned about the transition for our D who will be a junior in the fall. We have a 7th grader S and a first year college bound S in the fall. Our D and younger S will attend a school specifically for expat children - 60%from the US and 40% from other countries. The school has an IB program which I understand is a very rigorous and offers PSAT and SAT tests, etc.
My D's HS rigor and grades have been good, but not excellent, 3.7 unweighted GPA, 4.28 weighted. She had a balance of honors and regular classes her freshman year; this year, she is taking mostly honors classes, 1 AP, and 1 regular class. I feel like she's just finding her stride and confidence and I'm concerned that the rigor of the new school and transition could be detrimental to her academics, especially in her junior year. Her current HS is considered a good school in our area, suburb of large Midwest city, that prepare students well for college work.
She, on the other hand, thinks this move will be a great opportunity and is excited about it (I'm skeptical of her enthusiasm). My younger son is not thrilled, but he's super easy going and transitions well to change. Are we really loony to consider this move during her critical years before college applications and all the challenges that are involved with it? I was looking forward to sending my oldest S to college for the very first time this fall and visiting him over parent weekend!.
I would greatly appreciate it if families who experienced working abroad with high school children can help me better understand IB program and general concerns we should consider.