It is so hard to know where your child will be in 3 years! That is where I am at now, having to make a decision about 6th grade when my oldest is going into 3rd grade. DD1 is dyslexic, struggles with anxiety issues, she is a good student, it just isn't always easy for her. She has attended a very small private school for the last two years that has been a wonderful fit, for now. We soon will have 4 children, it is only going to get more difficult to do private for everyone with extras like sports which DD1 is heavily into. And while the lower grades are strong in her current school, 5th-8th are currently lacking, 5/6th are ok, 7/8 are the problem grades. They know that and are trying to fix the issues but with the way the school is set up, I don't see how they will be able to make the school academically strong for the older grades. It isn't a new problem, something they have struggled with with years.
I don't see the regular public schools as an option because of her issues, they haven't been so willing to work with us in the past. She also thrives in a non-traditional settings, which is her current school. We live in a very rural area, school options are quite minimal. A charter high high opened up 2-3 years ago, based off the High Tech High model. Charter schools in the past have always failed miserably here, for varied reasons, these are the only ones in the entire area. This one seems different, I think it will stick. They are opening a charter middle school based off the same model this fall, they already went to a lottery in Jan, there was that much interest which is amazing for such a rural area. From what I've researched about this model and from what I can see of DD1 now, I think she would do very well in this charter school.
DH has been approached to work on the school's phone and computer systems. It is many hours and if we choose, we can not bill for those hours and instead count them as volunteer hours and lock in a spot for DD1 that also guarantees our other children will go there as well. The high school operates differently and we would still have the brave the lottery system when that time comes. There is no guarantee of course that the school will still be around at that time and we could take our chance at the lottery but this year, before there was even a school, they only took 75% of families wanting to go. At enrollment, they mark down siblings ages and birthdays and lock in spots for them, and then 20% of all school spots are reserved for volunteer families, we could lock in a spot this year for her, they keep a running tally of open slots years in advance on their website. It appears to me that it will just get harder and harder to get in. We are seriously considering doing this, as happy as we are at our current school, just to have options for a child who does need alternative schooling. Any thoughts?