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  • EastGradEastGrad 964 replies8 threads Member
    Thanks, @Ynotgo. Good luck to you and your DS21. We're rooting for you!
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    Hey my fellow 2021 parents, I posted on 2020 for some advice for 9th grade. you might want to hop over there to see it.
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    We had open house for high school this evening. Wow what a big change but exciting. D is currently at a single gender school with 70 kids per grade. It goes from 6th grade to 12th but she wanted to go to the academic magnet. This school has 500 kids per grade.

    She is excited and feels this is the school for her.
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  • EastGradEastGrad 964 replies8 threads Member
    Our high school is in the middle of registration for next year. So much excitement and possibility and angst all contained in one sheet of paper! Happy to see all the eighth graders looking out at the school, their peers, and the next four years. If I squint a little, I can see them as seniors in caps and gowns. But when I do that squinting, I'm in danger of my eyes filling with tears. Better to go ahead with our eyes wide open. :)
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    edited February 2017



    I am a older single mom. D21 is my only. I had a very nontraditional route to adulthood. I did not graduate from college till age 31. Worked as a RN for a number of years then went to NP school and graduated from that at age 39. I worked hard to pay off my student debt.

    Thus, I started saving for retirement and securing my future later in life than is optimal.

    So merit is very important to us. D21 is an introvert, who needs a lot of down time. So I don't think she will
    have the kind of EC's that will make her competitive for Competitive scholarships.

    So I am apologizing in advance, because we have to play the rank game (in Texas). I am sure the road will be fraught with difficulties.

    I look forward to hearing about all our 2021 kids'
    journey goes, all the us and downs and twist and turns.

    edited February 2017
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  • EGHopefulEGHopeful 79 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Well D21 completed the final Admissions step to the HS she's applying to next year. We will know the decision in a week. Fingers crossed as this is the best fit for her. We are still planning on registering at our local public just in case. They've already had several Enrollment sessions for their honors, STEM & Academy. Time is flying by so fast. :(
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  • EastGradEastGrad 964 replies8 threads Member
    Good luck, @EGHopeful!
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  • YnotgoYnotgo 3880 replies58 threads Senior Member
    Welcome @Skates76 !! Congrats to your son on the great grades.

    Good luck on the HS application, @EGHopeful !

    We have our fingers crossed for 2 things for DS21:

    -- Should hear about admission to the art program he applied to by the end of this month. Transfer to the other HS is automatic, but if they get more applications than previously, they will do a lottery for the art academy. He also applied to the AP track within the art academy, so is hoping to get that.

    -- He had 1st appointment in LA yesterday with transgender specialist office. Had a hand x-ray to see if growth plates have closed or not. Hoping not, as he is 5'2". We'll find out in a week or two.

    First semester grades were good, but not great, for him with other issues taking some bandwidth these days. His science fair project got done (whew!) and the school science fair is tonight.
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    Hormones, Hormones, Hormones! D21 cries at the drop of a hat. She hates that she cries but can't stop it from happening. Poor thing is a slave to her hormones.

    Nothing really going on otherwise.

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  • veeheeveehee 260 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Been on CC for just a few years with my older D16 who is now working on finishing up her freshman year at Temple. My D21 is nothing like her sister, so this process will probably be very different as well! Older D was very artistic and is going for her BFA. D21 is good in the visual and performing arts, but doesn't want a career in any of them, so she's looking into a LA college and possibly law school after that. We still have a ways to go until all that happens, so I'm excited to be a part of this group since I didn't discover this spot until late in the game!
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    Congrats @EGHopeful!!!! Your daughter will flourish!

    My D is leaving her tiny single gender school and her 2 besties behind. It takes D a long time to make friends but she undaunted and ready for the challenge. I think I get more excited when meets and makes new fiends than the academics.....


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  • YnotgoYnotgo 3880 replies58 threads Senior Member
    Welcome @carlson2 and @veehee -- Here we go again, right? I have an S17, so we're still waiting anxiously for responses from (15!) colleges. But he has 3 admissions in the past month, so I'm a little less worried (though he isn't).

    Great news @EGHopeful on the HS acceptance!

    S21 got good news yesterday. His bone plates haven't sealed, so with the hormone blockers and hormones he'll be taking, there's a good chance he'll get taller than 5'2". He'll start on those soon, once some insurance things are worked out and orders have come in. Only one more trip down to LA in the near future (traffic, ick), and then we'll only have to go every 3 months.

    He got his transfer to the other HS, which wasn't really in question. We are still waiting to hear whether he got into the art academy, and should hear by the end of this month.
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    @Ynotgo , Yay for unsealed bone plates!
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    D has EVERY. WORD. memorized to the Hamilton soundtrack.
    Just bought 2 tickets to the April 2018 show in Houston! It is 520 miles from us (one long drive) but what fun it will be!
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  • EastGradEastGrad 964 replies8 threads Member
    My '21 kiddo also has all of Hamilton memorized and we plan to see it while it is on tour too! In other news, she was cast today as Goneril in the school production of King Lear. Hmmmm...I hope playing this character doesn't giver her any ideas.! ;)
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  • RoonilWazlib99RoonilWazlib99 458 replies9 threads Member
    edited March 2017
    Hey folks! Didn't realize someone had started this thread already! I'm over on the 2018 thread as well.

    S21 is a whole different animal than S18! Much like @Skates76 's '21, mine has Asperger's (now called high functioning Autism, but was just Asperger's when he was diagnosed), ADHD-Inattentive Type, Reactive Airway Disease, and has been tested as gifted when we did his full psychological testing to find out what was going on in second grade. His processing speed was well below the rest of his IQ areas, which leads to a lot of frustration for him. Like he know he knows something or knows he SHOULD know something, but he can't access the information as quickly as he wants.

    We have kept him in regular classes through middle school to help ease his academics while trying to let go of the reins and let him figure out time management, etc. He has done very well and we are now at the point where we don't even check in with his homework anymore. That's a big deal for a guy with so many executive functioning challenges!

    S21 is sort of watching as his brother goes on college tours and figures everything out. We really have no idea where he will go or even what type of school will fit him best. Right now he says he is interested in studying "science," but that's pretty vague! He's only in 8th grade so he has awhile to decide!
    edited March 2017
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  • YnotgoYnotgo 3880 replies58 threads Senior Member
    Welcome @RoonilWazlib99! Glad to hear he is making such progress at executive functioning! Kids can be so complicated; wish they came with individualized owner's manuals.
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