@parentologist wow your advice is 10 times solid vs the school counselor. Thank you so much!
Definitely we’ll practice and PSAT, hopefully with focus he’ll make the National Merit (or Commendation) How do you know this is for bypass “test-blind” policy ? Golden advice!
The music suggestion is very helpful. As a non native English speaker, I will have to google those names This is his 3rd years in band, percussion, so he is jumping from one instrument to another. For his 8-9 years in piano, I know he only wants music for fun. 2 of his piano teacher mentions he is doing extremely well but never has the patient to master it. But I can see he enjoy playing any song he picks out of the internet, or can play classic music really well (if he wants to which is rare ) @parentologist If you know a rare instrument in percussion, please let me know. I am clueless! thank you .
No, we are in Northern CA. I might make a stupid mistake, moving him out of a competive private middle school at 8th grade. We brought a house in a ‘10’ high school because I heard it is a better experience to go to good public high school and it is also easier to get into good college. The school is super easy for him (for now), most of his friends are in private and I think he is worried because his best friends can take 2 AP in 9th grade.
For the innovation extracurriculars, I have no idea. Don’t want my kid to ever has to ‘survive’ anything For now he rejoins scouting (after a break and covid), having fun. Hopefully he’ll make an Eagle, both my husband and I don’t pressure him to earn this. Surprising we also make new friends so I am happy that he joins scouting.
I also saw my role as ‘facilitator’ but we’ve jumping from sport to sport, activity to activity. Always had fun but never that good or want to follow-up. Did well on robotics, don’t want to do it again. Did ok on AMC, don’t want to do it again. Like karate, stay for 4 years. Like baseball, stay for couple seasons …
Thanks again. Keep reminding myself that I’ll find the advices somewhere, you and the parents in the forum are the best !!!