This might be long. Pull up a chair. It might also be premature (as I expect I will take a wait and see attitude for the next month or so)
DD is in Grade 8. The work is too easy, but that is not the real issue. She could handle grade 9 or 10 work (save for grade 10 math - maybe) with ease.
She really liked school last year. She is in a grade 7/8 school (which is attached to the high school) and hung around primarily with 8th graders.
This year all the former 8th grader from last year have moved over to the high school so she misses them. She does have numerous friends in grade 7, but claims it is not the same.
For about 1 month now she has been having girl drama. She was not the instigator and has been handling it fairly well (responding assertively but not aggressively) and not taking any crap, but it is getting old. She is also starting to talk about "finding dirt" on one of the mean girls and threatening her with it to keep her in line. Yeah - not good. I have tried to talk her out of this to no avail.
She has no interest in talking to teachers as she thinks it will do no good. I would like to keep the school informed (paper trail as you will - lightbulb moment - I might put it to her like that!) but I don't think they can do much either.
I am contemplating asking for a grade switch. The high school curriculum is so much more interesting than the grade 8 curriculum - and I think there might be less girl drama in high school, which would be a good thing, I think.
Am I out to lunch?
Edited to add: the school has allowed grade skips before. The school is on a semester basis so she could start grade 9 classes next semester - Feb 1st, or so.