Start of something big

I turned in the Snork Maiden’s Starfleet Academy application.  So far, all we’ve had to do is fill out the basic information and answer several questions about how very special our special little snowflake is.  The special little snowflake herself had to fill out two pages of her own, including selecting four adjectives to describe herself and writing about some of her favorite activities and an important experience.  Next we need to register her for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and ask her current teacher and principal to fill out recommendation forms.

The ISEE for sixth grade is a two-and-a-half-hour exam.  Not including breaks and directions.  For a ten-year-old.  It’s enough to make me grateful that she’s spent the last five years in public elementary school during the No Child Left Behind era.  At least she’s used to standardized tests.

It’s weird to contemplate that if the Snork Maiden comes to SA next year, I’m pretty much signing on to this gig for at least seven more years–assuming she’s happy and doing well there.  My work life and her school life would run side by side for a while.  I think I’d really like it in a lot of ways.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Wow — this would be a huge difference in your family lives, obviously. Good luck to the Snork Maiden during her long testing and her application!

    At FGS, many faculty have had daughters in the school, which has created several important connection: between the parent and student; between the parent/teacher and the school; between the parent/teacher and his or her colleagues, who now have a greater investment in their colleague’s child and thus the family; between the student and the school. For many of these faculty, the school has been a really important part of their child’s life and their family life.

    At the same time, I’m sure it’s brought up tensions as well. My department chair pulled her daughter out of the school after one year, although in this case I think it had far more to do with the chair’s general unhappiness at the school than it did her daughter. As far as I can deduce a pattern, it’s that the faculty who love FGS want to send their daughters here, and the faculty who despise the school (in ways that they hide or don’t!) avoid sending their daughters here, which I guess makes a lot of sense.

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  2. Posted by Pym Fan on December 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wow! Definitely a big change for both of you… I too changed schools for sixth grade, also moving from public to private (and single-sex). And I do remember taking a long standardized entrance exam … just a few of us sitting at desks in an unfamiliar classroom on a Saturday… I just didn’t remember that I was ten!

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  3. Posted by meansomething on December 8, 2009 at 5:10 am

    My colleagues have been super-nice and very enthusiastic about the Snork Maiden coming. And so far I have seen mostly very good things about faculty kids at SA, including all the connections you mention, WN?. PymFan, I must have taken this test too, although it would have been in fourth grade, and perhaps not quite so long…

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