I always said I wasn't going to push my child too hard when it came to school. Obviously, I am going to insist she do well and I'm going to make her go to college, no choice in that, but where she wants to go, what she wants to do I am going to leave open to her to decide. I figured I'd be that laid back mom. The one that wants the best for her child and trusts her to make her own decisions.
I always said that public schools were the way to go. I turn my nose up at private schools. My husband was a product of a tiny private school. He is STILL shell-shocked by the world sometimes. My BFF's husband was 1 of 4 people in his graduating class and he is afraid to leave the county, I kid you not. I want Noelle to know the world. To know and interact with different races, groups, cultures.
That being said, I am hell bent on getting Noelle into a charter school. My husband's nephew and niece are in one and they started learning Spanish and Chinese in kindergarten. I mean, hell yes. It's like a public private school and I'm all over it. I've always heard that they are extremely hard to get into and competitive. I heard tales of lotteries and drawings and wait lists.
So I just called a local charter school and had this conversation:
Me: Hi, I was just wondering how soon you needed to fill out the application to enroll your child.
Office administrator: As soon as possible.
Me: Oh! Ok then, how do I go about sending in the application to you? I got one on your website.
Office administrator: *rattles off fax number* What grade will your child be entering this fall?
Me: Um, this fall? None.
Office administrator: Excuse me?
Office administrator: I don't understand ma'am. How old is your child?
Me: 7 months
Office administrator: *silence* 7 months?
Office administrator: BURST OF UNCONTROLLABLE LAUGHTER
Me: **dies a little**
Office administrator: *In between laughter*- Call back in 5 years.
Me: But I heard it was really difficult to get in! I heard there was a lottery and waiting lists!
Office administrator: No wait list is that long.
So. I did that today. Guys, I just want my kid to be well educated.