My dd is being tested on Saturday for a full-time gifted program that would start next year. They are also taking into account her scores from last year, her participation in a one-day-a-week gifted program this year, an evaluation from her regular teacher, and a questionnaire that we completed about her, so I'm not sure she will be admitted. If she is, however, we have to decide whether we want her to go.
From what I know so far, here are the cons:
1) The site is about 20 minutes from our house and they are cutting the bus budget for gifted programs next year so we will have to drive her every day.
2) We will probably move our younger son, who will be in 1st grade, to the same school. Or we will have two kids in two different schools = more running around.
3) The program is just a classroom in a school that is in an area that is significantly more well-off than we are. Most of the children will be from very wealthy families and the whole school is a lot different than any school we have attended. For example, the PTA raises thousands of dollars each year to pay for full-time aids for most of the classrooms. This might be stressful if we are trying to be involved in the school, which we would want to do especially if our younger son is also moved.
Those are the practical concerns I currently have. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas about what I should ask, or if anyone has feedback on similar programs their children have participated in. I can't decide whether it will be worth it. Our other option is a science-oriented charter school that has a good reputation and a lot of great extracurricular activities, but she would be in a traditional classroom.