We are in the process of selecting a high school for my son for next year.
Florida sucks. I'm not going to get into it, but you can choose the school you're zoned for or apply to another HS.
Or go to private HS... which is an option for us. The local Catholic HS has a TREMENDOUS band and many positive attributes that help make the cost seem more bearable, although it does mean I'll be working A LOT MORE if he goes there.
A quick sidenote, what I love about this HS is that if you're in band for FOUR years, you don't have to take PE. Chorus, Band, Dance... no PE. If you drop out your senior year? You're taking PE with the freshman.
Needless to say, their band is about 1/7th the size of their school... everyone is in band, Jazz, Percussion, Concert, Pep... they have different bands. Its very very cool and its cool to be in band at this school.
Anyway, my son took the test to get in and scored very high, which I was not surprised as he tests well and consistently scores in the 99% in standardized testing.
So we got the list of classes he will take if he goes there and its all Honors, mostly, with average Geometry that I am changing down to Algebra I (see post below), regular Biology (he tested out of freshman science, but I'm having him put in Honors Biology) and... ready?.... Honors Spanish II.
I have NO CLUE how he tested for Honors Spanish II. None. They said in the literature I was handed that if he wanted to take that class, he had to take a placement test.
No placement test was taken.
I was stunned and even more so when I found out his best buddy who lives in a Cuban household didn't even get Honors Spanish II, something his buddy's folks found to be a riot.
So I called to have him placed in Honors Spanish I because he is absolutely NOT prepared for this class and will absolutely drown in it.
He has had Spanish one hour a day, three days a week for five years and this year it got bumped to five days.
He swears he has learned his colors over and over for six years. They don't learn accents. He says he can't speak it at all.
And he ends up in Honors II?
I asked his Spanish teacher about his placement as the HS started to fight me on putting him back in Spanish I and she told me... they put him there because he has Spanish five days a week now (something new to our school), she's a certified Spanish teacher and because...
... he tested so high on his ENGLISH.
Why not put him in Honors German II if we're basing it on his ENGLISH scores?
The head of the department called me today and acquiesced and my son is in Honors I.
But since when did we start deciding on language placement based on how well a kid reads, writes, and interprets his Native tongue?
Am I missing something? If so, please feel free to enlighten me...