Well.....it has happened. We now have an official Future Ugly Eagle in our house. A few weekends back Brian and I took Emma down to the high school early on a Saturday morning, along with 700 other families, to register for Freshman classes. While this is just the beginning, in many ways it felt like we were finally at the end of a long process, and this was "The Big Day". Four years ago our local high school became a charter school. That means nobody automatically feeds into it, everyone has to apply. They say if you live w/in the old boundary, you get first dibs (which we do), however, when you have over 1500 freshman applications.....there were no guarantees. There is a lottery process for those who don't get in, so there are 800ish families who are given a lottery number and are still waiting to fill spots as they become available (some families apply for transfers to multiple schools w/in the district as back up in case they don't get into the charter, so if they decide to go with a different school, they free up a spot at the charter). So then there's the big email day. Emails go out to all applicants saying either you got in, or you will be given a lottery number. We never got an email. I guess it had been sent, but bounced back. So the next day I got a hold of admissions and they re sent it, and it said ACCEPTED!! Woot! At the same time as this process, there is an application and interview process for the academies at the school. These are smaller "schools" w/in the school that specialize in individual fields. There's engineering, medical sciences, art, and public service academies. Emma wanted to apply for the medical academy (remember, this is all before we even know if she's been accepted into the high school). So she got her application submitted, and was given an interview date. After the interview, we wait for another Academies Email day, where you get an email that says your in or out. Again, she was accepted!! Add to this the small detail that we did not apply to any back up schools, and the deadline to do so was long gone...so all our eggs were in one basket. Which brings us finally to Freshman Registration morning. It really did feel like a special morning!!
She has never taken a "fun" class. Not one art class, or music class, or home-ec, or shop class. So we really, really wanted to persuade her to live a little when it came to that one elective. Yes, she could have taken AP History, or gotten in a year of the required foreign language class she'll need (she's already taken 2 years of spanish).....but she could also take something that may make her a more well rounded human. : ) Although it was difficult for her, she put down guitar 1, photography 1, and ceramics 1 as her top 3 pics. We won't know what she ends up with until we get her schedule. However, to counter balance the idea of taking a "fun" class.....she signed up to take a 4 week summer course available to A and B students. It's online, and she'll earn 5 elective credits before Freshman year even starts.