After that last update about 8th grade in May, we went ahead and made it official.
- Started planning college admissions more actively with Barbara, our fantastic college counselor.
- Prepared kiddo to be sent off to a summer math program at HCSSiM in Amherst, MA.
- And while kiddo was away, started writing my counselor documents – counselor letter, course descriptions and school profile. Then, polished and updated the transcript I had started way back when (kiddo was chronologically in 6th but finishing up 9th grade level work at the time).
- When August came along, I told myself to be brave and skipped the kid to 12th grade for the 2016/17 school year.
- Kiddo is checking the very last “requirement” boxes now…the ones we happily ignored while following a very pointy math journey.
- Yes, in the end, things did turn out to be okay. All the worrying I did when kiddo was in 4th-5th-6th about looking like there will only be loads of math credits on the transcript and nothing else turned out to be just worries. The kid will have more than 10 math credits and also more than 4 each in english and science. History and foreign language at 4 and 5 respectively. A bunch more for electives.
This November, kiddo wrote and submitted all applications. Essays! Yes, they were actually written and polished! We had to brainstorm together but I think that’s something many families do. Still 14 after all, right? Oh my goodness, to think I used to be so nervous about writing ability. It caught up too. We celebrated with M&Ms and ice cream.
Now, we wait. If all goes well, I will have a 14-year-old college freshman in the 2017/18 academic year.
Proud of this kid and even more proud of how hard he works. (Shhh…and still worried for health, safety and everything else but hey, isn’t that what parents do? Worry all the time?)
We are still very pragmatic folks and if things don’t go well, we’ll just pick up where we left off and move forward. Homeschooling definitely seems to be wrapping up here but that’s a post for another day.