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Old 03-16-2017, 06:51 AM
Location: Richmond VA
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My daughter recently informed me she was not interested in attending her high school next year. She's had some rather serious social challenges (mean girls!) and she's just sort of thrown up her hands in defeat. Plus she has ADD and anxiety issues...she's miserable.

Personally I think by the end of the year she'll have made some new friends and will be feeling better about staying where she is. But it makes her feel comfortable to consider what options are available. She needs to feel like she has choices. We've eliminated at all the charter options (many do not accept seniors) so I'm grasping at Magnet seats. IF magnet schools have seats available, how does one go about getting one? Is it even possible?

I'm sure she could not get a spot at Enloe, but Athens Drive might work. What about just asking for a transfer for transportation purposes?
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:24 AM
Location: Chapelboro
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I don't know about magnets, but my 10th grader is in a similar situation. I have a friend who homeschools and she knows high school kids who are homeschooling and doing the Career and College Promise program at the community colleges, so that's something we're thinking about. You can do CCP and go to traditional high school at the same time and I think that's how most people think about it, but you can also do it through private schools or home schools. Home school seems like it would be the easier way to go.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:47 AM
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Call the student assignment but in my experience you're SOL. However because of her situation you may be able to do a panel interview to state your case. I wouldn't use transportation but would focus on the other issues. I only say that because I know a single mom working two jobs who was rejected a transfer based on transportation and afterschool care issues.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:30 AM
Location: North Carolina
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Is Athens Drive your base school? What about her getting her GED? She could then work, go to Wake Tech, etc., start the next phase of her life without the burden of the mean girls. I know many families who do this, all of whom said the only regret was that they didn't do it sooner.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:58 AM
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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You can probably get a transfer to Athens Drive - they made it a magnet because of the number of kids in the base going elsewhere, after all. But to get into the magnet program is probably not going to happen. Magnets are all a numbers game and that's why you're limited to the app period - they need to know how many seats are available and once they're gone - they're gone. So....if not Athens Drive for the magnet program, maybe another HS would work as well.
Good life lesson for daughter, if you like to have options, keep them open.
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