So, my child is going to apply for boarding schools this year for 2022 and we have started the Gateway application. The “reach” schools he is looking at seem to be there, but the more accessible programs/less selective ones of interest are found in SAO. We are casting the wide net as suggested by all!
The issue is his public school is extremely dysfunctional and just getting one transcript sent to one school will be like pulling teeth. Sending transcripts to two application portals, as well as to two local schools, seems impossible. I know this should be easy, but our current school system is failing in many ways.
To further complicate things, one teacher has already made clear she is hired to teach and not write recs. My son is not singled out in her animosity towards children. She is generally rude and unkind to all her students and tells them she will only do the bare minimum to keep her job. Her recommendation, if she gives one (required subject), is a wildcard at best. Asking her to submit to multiple websites when she “isn’t paid to do that” will be an extreme challenge.
So, my question is…how can I get around the wildcard recommendation? Can all the recs, for instance, be sent through the counselor’s office or principal’s office even if written by different teachers? Or does the email address need to be different? I want them to be seen by other adult eyes before being sent and also not have to rely on the teacher to submit multiple times.
Also, are there any forms to fill out, like check boxes on the recommendation part of the portals (does homework on time, behavior, etc.), or is it just cut and paste the rec?
I would feel much more comfortable having the recs sent to guidance first, and then relying on guidance to send them out electronically. Just not sure if that is possible. Any suggestions?