Academically average kid at an academically strong private school
Our 4th grade son is about average in his public school class, but there are some things he struggles with. At his public school (even pre-Covid), this means he is "good enough" and so he doesn't receive too much attention from the teachers. We'd love for him to attend a private Middle School that can offer him smaller class sizes, more resources, better sports, and more academic support. After asking around, however, it sounds like the strong private schools test incoming 6th graders, and those who are academically weak may not be accepted. This seems like a catch-22, as we'd like him to go to a better school for better academics, but he can't get in unless he is strong academically. I'd love some advice on what private middle schools look for incoming students, and which schools you'd recommend that we reach out to. We obviously think he's an awesome kid, and we'd like to find a school that thinks so too. We are looking on the East Bay but are open to looking farther. Thank you!