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Old 01-13-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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My son's birthday is in mid september, right after the Wake county cut off date (8/31) for kindergarden.

I think I have following options:
1. take the kindergardern early admission assessment required by the wake county.

2. Go to some private kindergarden.

3. Stick to the current daycare for another year (he is already in pre-K).

My questions is, if I choose option 1, can anyone share your exprience in the assessment with me? Is is hard to pass the assessment? Any recommendation on psychologist?

if I choose option2, can anyone recommend a good private school? Our current tuition is about 775$ per month. If I can find a private kindergarden with the tuition around 1000$/month,and with good quality, I will be happy :-). I am looking for school not far away from southpoint, or close to Blue Cross headquarter on 15/501. Any recommendation will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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What are your thoughts on option 3?
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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I've been told by others who have tried option number one that yes, it is very difficult. The child must test at least 2 full years ahead (so end of second grade, minimum) and score in the top 3% on the tests. It's also very expensive to have the testing done. And even then, it is still up to the principal to say yes, even if you meet those criteria.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Think ahead. Teenagers today are so immature. Your son will be the youngest in his class. Will he be prepared to handle peer pressure, etc.? Will he be ready for college?

Maybe an extra year to gain maturity and social skills would be better as opposed to pushing him ahead and having him be 1 year to 2 years younger than the others in his class.

Vicki
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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Default 3) Wait

Unless your child is well ahead I would err on the side of waiting another year. I have known plenty of parents who rushed their sons into school just to hold them back in 4th or 5th grade to allow them a year to catch up either academically or socially.

IMHO, Giving him another year of preparation will only help him AND give you another year to save for his college education!
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:25 PM
 
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I agree 100 percent with brooks2007. Great advice!
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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When he hits high school, being the oldest in the class will be much better than being the youngest. He will get his license first which the girls will love.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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I also agree that kids aren't really ready to be on their own at 18, so why push it to 17? I would let him do another year of pre-k at daycare and then put him in school next year. You can always supplement with some workbooks if you feel like he's not being stimulated enough.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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Speaking from experience, my mom held myself and my twin back a year from starting kindergarten since we were right at the cutoff in Pennsylvania. I think we ended being among the most mature and well-adjusted kids in our grade. Plus we could drive our sophomore year and that made it easier on our parents. A neighborhood friend born at the same time was enrolled right at the cutoff and ended up being a year ahead. She struggled socially in her grade. I am very glad my mother chose to hold us back.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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I am in the same situation with my son who is sept.6th. I think it is unfair to hold a child back for 6 days. Who's to say my son is less ready than a child born on aug.30th.Plus we just moved here and he has already done a 3yr old program in a private school and is in a 4yr old program in a school down here. Not daycare, school. So next year he will be in the same class doing the same things. Explain how that is fair or best for his education. I have looked into the testing and I was its costly and if you don't make the top 3% too bad. And if you do its still up to one person th principal of your base school. So tell me how thats fair to let 1 person decide that doesnt know my child. Or what if the day of th testing my child is having an off day. And not that he dosn't do well but socially doesn't interact to thier standards. He is on th shy side and needs some time to warm up to new people. My opinion is the WCSS doesn't have the best interest of th child in mind.They don't know how to deal with the rapid growth of student popultion so this is a way to deal with it. Good luck with whatver you do. For my son he will not be academically challenged next year as he will be learning the same stuff other than what I teach him.
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