I’d love some input from the wise hive here on schools to consider for my next daughter’s application round (8th grade in fall; applying for 9th ).
This daughter is DD3, and is an identical twin (her twin will go to LPS because she does gymnastics).
DD3, unlike my DD2 who went through the cycle last year, is a bit of a study in opposites. She is very smart and tough in some areas, but in others, she is a cream puff. She is the most tender-hearted, loving, and optimistic of my kiddos. (She is also the one who had open-heart surgery a few months ago, so she is very in touch with what “really matters” in this world.”)
She is the child who finds deep joy at the beauty of the small things in life that we overlook, such as opening the window first thing in the morning. She loves working with her hands and is incredibly sharp in spatial intelligence: she has every complicated rubiks cube known to mankind and we all try to stump her and she solves in under a minute. She does elaborate magic tricks with cards that involve a ton of mental counting, math and physical dexterity. She loves reading, engineering and building robots, and wants to be an electrical engineer or architect. She is wise beyond her years, capturing the philosophical and spiritual stuff that my other teen kids let fly over their heads. She is physically smaller, and sweet-natured, which makes it a surprise to some when her competitive nature comes out with a vengeance on the soccer field or the volleyball court.
Her grades are very good but not stellar. Mostly A’s, but a couple B’s. Her recommendations will likely be less “OMG one of the smartest kids this school has seen” and more of the “very smart, and one of the kindest, most nurturing kids I’ve seen.” (Side note: it is hard to be one year younger than her sister DD2, who was that “OMG so smart” type.)
DD3 is a case of potential, and she will do best in a school that doesn’t underestimate her (a downside of her birth order I think), and will allow her to reach her goals. Activities: Robotics, volleyball, broadcast journalism (news TV station), trombone (although she had a very hard time with trombone after heart surgery and ended up leaving the symphony where she played, so not sure she is emotionally ready to return, so not a primary consideration for the BS). She loves animals, enough that some of the schools known to have dogs (or zoo!) around actually might be a great fit. Engineering and robotics programs would be the biggest draw for her.
Open to any thoughts as our first list can be quite long.