Hello, I used to be a fixture on mothering but I think it's been a few years now. This was the only place I could think of for help, and in a timely manner.
My bff has had her kids in waldorf school their whole lives. One son has moved on to high school now but one daughter is starting 8th grade and her youngest son is starting 2nd grade. Her ex partner used to be a waldorf school teacher so they either got free tuition or tuition at a huge discount. Well her ex stopped being a teacher at the end of the school year but told her he would pay for the kids tuition so they could continue at Waldorf. Well, the kids start school tomorrow and 2 days ago he text my bff and told her that he can't afford tuition so she'll have to put them in public school.
The dd going into 8th grade already had her dress laid out to get ready for what I think they call the roses ceremony. She is now crying her eyes out about this.
Now beside this just being a sad story the real issue is the ds heading into second grade. He doesn't know how to read and by mainstream kind of standards he would most definitely be diagnosed with ADHD I think. My bff deosn't know what to do. Her ex said she has to take them to some placement center in the city where they will decide where to put them in to school.
I'm wondering if anyone has any advice or if you know of anyone or have any experience yourself of how to navigate having to put your kids into public school after waldorf. For the dd I guess it's just an issue of finding a place for her. She will be fine as far as testing at her grade level I'm sure.
I don't know if the ds will end up being put in special classes or what on earth may happen. My dd is in public school and is in special ed so I have lots of experience with the public school system but I have no experience with taking kids out of waldorf and putting them in public school and how the public school system reacts to that or whatever.
The only advice I have given her is to go to the placement center and talk to people and get an idea of what is going to happen before taking the kids there. They are going to be upset enough. I'm assuming they will put them through testing to see where they're at grade level wise.
I asked her if she could possibly consider homeschooling him for now but she is a single mom now and she has to work to support the kids, pay the mortgage, etc.
Although emotional support is nice I especially need some concrete advice. I will send my bff a link to this thread. She was on mothering a lot back in the day too :)
thanks in advance - Judy
(FYI: It will be the Minneapolis public schools)