03-26-2019 06:55 AM
03-26-2019 04:39 PM
this one is a tricky question as school is about more than just learning the academics. It is also about social development. It can be very hard on younger academically advanced kids to fit in socially with older children especially if "he is still quite playful and nowhere near adolescence"
Does he excel at certain subjects ? Could he take advance subject or two whilst remaining in the lower grade? Maybe the school has mixed grade classes, going into to be in 8/9 class would be possible?
I would suggest that going to the school and having this discussion would be the best approach for your son's specific situation. Find out what they offer for academically advanced kids - I am sure they can work with you to customise the path for your son.
The other thing to consider here is what happens at the end of highschool. How old will he be?
If he goes into year 9 at 13 he is looking at graduating at 16.
When my son was looking at graduating high school at 16, we talked with the school.
They ended up being extending his time at Highschool doing "Year 13" which they offered to advanced students. In that year they could take additional Year 12 subjects or external studies before entering University and remain with their peer age group.
So I guess in summary I come back to what I said earlier
I would suggest that going to the school and having this discussion would be the best approach for your son's specific situation.
03-26-2019 04:46 PM
Hey there @Bloempje - welcome to the Reachout parents forum!
Tough decision to make deciding which year group to put your son into when you move back to Qld - sounds like there are some positives to being in the lower grade for his social skills?
What the pros and cons of both?
Have you had a chat with him about if he has a preference, or what his feeling is on the matter?
Hoping some parents from Qld will weigh in too - Im sure this is a decision many parents have trouble making when moving between these states!
03-31-2019 11:21 AM