Bear with me, this may be a bit long winded. (Also, not sure where to put this. Please move it if necessary.)
Ok, so we're moving this summer. Looks like earlier than we expected, so YAAAAY!! I'm thrilled!!
Nothing is definite yet, but the schools we are looking at for our 11 yr old are VASTLY better than what he's currently attending. Also, he's very young for the grade he's currently in (he was 4 yrs old in K). He's the youngest in his grade in the school and his peers are generally 9-16 months older than him. Furthermore, if we had been living in this new school district when he was beginning Kinder, he would've had to wait a year. He would not have been eligible. So we know he will be a year ahead of where he's "supposed" to be in the new school.
With those two issues we've decided we'd like him to repeat his current grade at the new school next year. Our son is on board, and had the honesty to realize his academics have suffered (slightly, still getting all As/Bs) b/c he's trying entirely too hard to fit in socially with kids who are older. It wasn't until this year that it became apparent the maturity difference b/w an 11 and a half year old, and a nearly 13 yr old!
So, how do we approach this with the new school? Do we just say "this is what we want" and hope for the best? Or has anyone had a similar situation that worked out in their favor?