Consider k12 for 8 year old ODD now too....Can anyone give me some insight into the older grades?
We are doing K12 for K right now. The hour requirements are incredibly minimal, I love that I can look at lesson objectives and choose to either come up with a lesson on my own or use the one they have. I love that DD can assess out of things she already knows to avoid too much repetition of things she has mastered already. We decided to do K12 for K for YDD for a few reasons. 1) we wanted to check it out and see what it was like. 2) we wanted to buy ourselves another year before putting her in the expensive private school her sister goes too. 3) so we could get a much better idea of where YDD was academically before considering putting her in an institutionalized school.
It is going so well that we are seriously considering having ODD (8, 3rd grade) do K12 next year. I have the usual/normal HS'ing concerns, the transition issues etc. but I'm fairly confident we can work through those. DH is in full support of this saying, "I always felt you could educate our kids better then anyone else ever could, I was just waiting for you to figure that out and gain more confidence". YDD has already expressed interest (HS'ing has always been an option we've discussed so it's not a new concept). YDD is a little jealous when she sees ODD 'skip' lessons because she showed mastery and likes the idea of being able to focus on her interests more. She also likes the idea of the community classes YDD is taking to help fill that social need and let her explore other interests. She loves the fact that her 5 year old K sister is now being sent 1st grade math....
What I'd like to know is if K is really giving me a good insight into what the program is like. Both of our girls are advanced. ODD's goals for this school year which we shared with her teacher was a list of things she will most likely not get even in her private school; chemistry in science, working more on algebra, studying religions, developing independent healthy eating habits to help her with her migraines, learning to play the cello well. We supplement her at home with chemistry, religious ed. and math, she will take cello in school but nothing too in depth I fear and if she is passionate about it we can't afford for her to take more classes outside of school (we could if she wasn't going there). I feel like we already supplement her out the wazoo....
Odd says she wants to try virtual school for 4th. I'm nervous, we will have to make the decision by Jan so we are ahead of the game, but I'm really leaning toward it. I'm not sure ODD is sold on it yet, but we do have time. We thought the private school would be a great fit, but 4 years into it we have learned that the academics don't really kick in till HS, maybe middle school. Funny, because I hand picked this school for that reason, not wanting a highly academic environment, wanting a reggio style, project based school that would foster her love of learning. ODD loves school, but wants challenge and academics and they aren't giving it to her. It's a bit ironic.
Do you think k12 would be a good fit for an advanced, driven, passionate about education 9 year old girl who still wants flexibility? Is K giving me a good insight into the older years as well?