I’m real proud of you for the score you got on the Gifted and Talented Assessment, which you became accustomed to over a prep course you took on Saturdays leading up to the test. Before you get all bent on me and your mother being tiger parents (Google it), I just want you to know that you really enjoyed the sessions and missed them once the course was over.
As you can see, you did really well. How much the prep course helped will never be known to be honest, but I’d like to think it helped a lot, at least in preparing you for the structure. Practice makes perfect, they say. And having said that, there’s this unsettling reality that even with a qualifying 98, you will likely not be admitted to the District school of choice. Why? Because priority goes to qualified siblings of current students and then to those with score of 99. With limited seats and with so many kids achieving this score, based on previous years’ outcomes, let’s just say I’m not going to plan our commute to the District school just yet.
But you know what? It doesn’t matter that much at this point. You got into another public school with a great reputation. What matters is that you continue to learn and be challenged academically in a safe, happy environment, which your mother and I believe will provide. And unfortunately, a lot of families can’t say that in this city.
We received the rejection letter a couple weeks back. Your mother and I knew the odds were not in our favor given the score. I guess one must really have to have the 99 to even have a chance. Still, sadness overtook steady emotions. Then madness crept in. Not at you at all, a little at myself, but mostly at the plethora of super smart kids in the city vying for a small number of seats. For a city as wealthy as it as and a sitting mayor as committed to public education as he says he is, one would think it would not be that difficult to hire more teachers and expand the program. The good news? You'll be going to another good public school that has a sibling-guarantee admission policy. I look forward to walking you and your brother to the same school!