High Achievers Experience with BHS Universal 9th Grade?
Hello Dear Parents. I have a middle school kid and grade school kid behind her that currently attend a private school. The middle schooler is a high-achiever with excellent grades. Our hope for high school is that she be prepared to go to any school of her choosing whether that be a UC, small liberal arts college, or Ivy League. And, we want her to keep her easygoing well-rounded lifestyle. And we have a strong desire to have her engage with all kinds of kids and not just upper middle class and rich kids. We would love to send her to Berkeley High. But we have concerns. I did see a presentation recently from the school re the universal 9th grade that outlines curriculum of that year. The Physics looked challenging but we have concerns about teaching physics before significant math preparation. But the rest of the curriculum appears to be below my daughter's level. I'm very concerned she might waste a year. I'm sure some other parents have dealt with this same issue. Is there some way to shoehorn this curriculum to make it work? One idea I had was that perhaps she could start a club that might look good for college admissions. Other ideas?