While I know we have the right to refuse any whole grade or subject acceleration, the school is pretty much saying DS should either grade accelerate *now* with an additional subject acceleration in math, or he should accelerate for the start of next year. They don't see a way to sustain him beyond the end of this year, and through the meeting, it became clear they couldn't even do that.
The math has to happen, that's clear. They made the case to me that the rest should happen as well.
DS is an old-for-grade kindergartener, but in a red-shirt heavy district. He goes half day right now, so the immediate impact of the switch will be moving to all day. Because our sitter is fully supporting herself on her watching my kids, this would cut her hours my more than half, so I anticipate we'll lose our sitter.
The immediate switch they'd make is into a different instructional format than he's in now. He'd go into the other format in the school with multi-aged classrooms. This will then put him into a 1/2 class, so my kindergartener will be in a room with kids now turning 9.
Without half a year of 2nd grade math, however, they don't see him being able to move into 3rd grade math next fall if we don't do the switch now. He's already worked all the way through 2nd grade math on an online program they gave him, but he is lacking the pieces of putting it on the paper, timed tests, and the like.
I'm leaning towards the first option because it solves the math bit and it gets him out of a less-than-great kindergarten class. I suspect DH will lean away from this option because he's anxious about social bits (I'm familiar with the retorts -- he's going off his own experiences, though), and family stress in the transition: we'd have to hire a new sitter likely, yada yada.
The school will have to do a full "acceleration packet" first which includes the IAS. I've seen the IAS and I'm pretty sure he's got almost all the points in it.
What other things might I want to consider?