A big parenting decision looms large right now. In Nashville (but apparently nowhere else in the world), middle school starts in fifth grade. So while I have one lovely year of all three children being at one school, it is only for one year. Because 4th grader A will head off to middle school next year. This is a big enough step, but when combined with the complexity of the Nashville's school (public or private, neighborhood or magnet, homeschool or traditional school), it's a daunting one as well.
In just a few minutes, I will join some friends to visit a few middle schools. I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for...
- children who look like her and don't look like her since I want a mix of both
- teachers who are knowledgeable, but kind
- clean hallways, clean classrooms
- an old building with character plus modern amenities
- a principal who cares more about the students than his/her career
- a school that will challenge her academically without crushing her under the weight of hours of homework
- an environment where A can keep growing into the person she was meant to be
And how, exactly, am I to divine all of these things? I really can't. So I'm praying that God will pull out his air traffic controller gear and turn on the runway lights to guide A's landing at the right school. Oh, and for peace for J and I as we attempt to navigate this maze of middle school.