Originally Posted by alacrity
I was a little shocked that no one replied. I guess everyone else can afford private school and home schooling to avoid the public schools. Oh well.
I have a friend with a son in Kennard and he loves it. He previously attended Dewey but his mom pulled him and they were going to send him to a private school when they were contacted by Kennard. He was having lots of problems at Dewey and mom said they have discipline issues there that get in the way of learning.
I live within walking distance of Mallinckrodt. I was a little concerned about sending her to a transitioning school. I worry that they will not have cleaned up the problems by keeping all the same teachers. If that makes sense. I know Kennard should know what they are doing by now but who knows? By the time Dagny is old enough maybe Mallinckrodt will be a great school. I have a feeling that since I live close to this one Kennard will not be an option. I think Mallinckrodt lacks a playground and good play space, too. That bothers me but apparently it is common in the city. I think play is really important for young children in school. Sitting in a classroom all day is stifling.
Thanks for letting me know about the open house. I tried to call the school but I think they might be out on break. I will call again next week. I am apprehensive about sending her to school at all but I know I need to look into my options early since the day will sneak up on me.
What did your daughter have to do to test in? Our parents as teachers rep is supposed to bring us a packet later this month but she does not test for giftedness.
Yes... I imagine that the teachers might not really know much about teaching gifted kids--they were just told to take a gifted praxis test and get gifted certification that way. But they have the former principal from Kennard, which might be a good thing and classrooms filled with gifted students are hard to come by. The lack of playground bugs me, too--what do the kids do outside?
You can contact Recruitment and Counseling the year before your DD would start preK (around August/September). They will send you a checklist of gifted behaviors and you fill it out for your child, along with a magnet school application. Then if it looks like your child is gifted, they'll call and you schedule an IQ test. The test is downtown at SLPS headquarters. It took DD about an hour and a half and they sent the results about a week later. Then they have the lottery sometime around January or February. Oh yeah, and your child has to be 4 in order to take the test. Your DD will be 4 early so you can have her take the test early. My understanding is that some of the kids with later birthdays might get a slot at Kennard in the lottery but then not pass the test, so there's some hope there, too.
Another thing is that you can keep those scores and use them as proof when talking to other schools, maybe for scholarships to private schools, maybe for entrance into special programs for gifted kids, etc.