My daughter is currently in a full day Catholic School Kindergarten. She tests at 3+ years ahead across the board and it is suggested that she is "highly gifted." She also hates school and has been pretty miserable most of the year (although her teacher says she seems happy at school.) We have dealt with this by taking days off here and there and having half days at least once a week. She gets along well with the kids and doesn't dislike anything specifically, she just states that she is bored and misses me (her mom). The teacher does enrich a little though not nearly enough to my liking. Overall though we love the school. We love the community and the fact that she would be with these kids through 8th grade. I am meeting with the principal soon to discuss how this school will address her academic needs and what options they have for gifted students. It is small so won't have a separate program but I am sure will attempt to differentiate where possible. The school is responsive and flexible and very happy to meet parents requests overall.
I am thinking of requesting a half day program for her in 1st grade next year. She could pursue her interests at home and possibly take an art, music or language class here and there. I would like to have a tuition reduction but not sure they will be able to do that. I am not able to homeschool full time or would other wise consider that.
Has anyone done anything like this or have any thoughts on the caveats or implications, socially, academically, and emotionally? I worry that it might make her seem really different (though she already does really) or in some way that it could negatively affect her character or something, I don't know. Also, any suggestions on how to position this to the school so they would be more likely to go for it?
Would love to hear some thoughts!