As a bit of background, my kids attend a part-time school that has all mixed-age classrooms. Also, I always feel kind of funny posting in this forum because none of my kids have been tested, though the "gifted" word gets used about them frequently and there's no denying that they learn faster than average. The school has a teacher/child ratio of about 1:8 and for most subjects they are allowed to work at their own rate (with the exception being math, but even there they can skip from one group to the next as appropriate which has been working well so far). My 7yo is in the 3-5th grade group this year. I just met with the director of the school yesterday and though this isn't written in stone, the current thinking is that she'll likely stay in the same group next year as an 8yo and then move to the middle school group as a 9yo. Stay there 2 years, then move to the high school group as an 11yo, and she'll be done with what the school has to offer at 13/14yo. The director mentioned we'd likely want to start DD in college at that point. I've always said our big challenge is keeping up with DD, but I hadn't really thought things through to this extent before, and my mind is spinning. I'd love to talk to people who have btdt. The school is small and every class is mixed age, but she would be the only kid accelerated to this degree. A few questions I have already are:
How does it work being exposed to things that come up in high school at such a young age? I know the school will do their best to let DD stay a kid as long as possible, but it's not going to be fair to the 17/18/19yo's in the high school classes to have to censor everything down to an 11yo level.
What do you do with a kid who is done with high school at 13/14yo? Do they go right to college? If so, do they live at home and go someplace local? FWIW, I do know the local university has a program for young college age kids. If they don't go to college until later, what do they do in the meantime?
Also, I'm guessing I'll be lucky to find people to discuss radical acceleration in general, but I'm hoping maybe someone out there has also been in our situation because we are talking about accelerating our 2nd daughter to this degree, and we have an older daughter also in the school. Our oldest works about 2-years ahead and will likely graduate when she is 16yo. If our younger DD is done at 13 she'll be a year ahead of her big sister. At 14yo they'd graduate the same year. I don't know how I feel about this. Anyone been in this situation before? If so, how did it work for you?
I don't really want to pull DD2 out of this school because they want to work with her and keep her challenged. Plus, I really think it's good for her to be with other kids (even though there really is no one her age that is "like" her), because social is where she really struggles, but can it really work the way we are envisioning? Can an 11yo really be happy in high school in a group setting, not homeschooled doing high school level work? And like I said, none of this is written in stone, we are planning on taking it year by year, but I'd still love to hear from others.
TIA for any advice!!