Sooo, hopefully his teacher will challenge him and let him show his creativity in positive ways (and I think she will), and hopefully Clay will learn when it's time to settle down and behave in a classroom setting with a different authority figure and classmates who may sometimes annoy him.
In other school news, however....
Austin was put in all honors classes for his freshman year. Honors biology, honors reading, honors writing, the highest level honors math, and AP human geography. Because of his classload, when we met with his counselor earlier this year, Austin, his counselor, and I all agreed he should take a study hall.
Well, Austin has been coming home with no homework thus far. He complained about the study hall and said he didn't need it and would rather take Japanese.
"See what I do in study hall when I finish all my work?" He showed me his notebook which was full of drawings.
"Uh huh. I see. Time well spent. Perhaps, instead of Japanese, you should consider, oh, say ART?!"
We talked for a while and I decided to call his counselor. I agreed that if he really didn't need the study hall, it would be better for him to take a different class. However, I expressed my concern to Austin that I was having a hard time believing that he didn't have homework to do and that his classes were easy.
"I just can't understand how you don't have more work with all honors classes," I told him.
"I'm not in honors classes," he said.
"Uhh yes you are," I said.
"Uhh no I'm not!" he insisted. "I'm not in honors reading or writing and I'm not in AP geography," he continued.
"I saw your schedule, Austin. Yes, you are," I said trying to decide if he was pulling my leg or if he really believed he was in regular classes. "Why do you think you're in regular classes?" I asked.
"I don't think; I know." He was adamant.
"OK, I'll call your counselor and find out. If they switched your classes, I want to know why. Maybe they made a mistake and you weren't supposed to be in honors in the first place. But I saw your test scores that indicated honors.... Hmmm, well, I'll talk to her and if you're in the correct classes and they're really that easy, then I'll see if you can drop the study hall and take a language instead.
So I spoke with his counselor today.
"I have a question about Austin's classes. Austin seems to think that he's in regular reading and writing and regular geography."
"Yes, he is," the counselor said.
"When we met with you, he was scheduled for all honors classes. Why was he switched?"
I'm pretty sure she was thinking - all these parents are the same. They think their kid is so smart. Sigh. Why can't they just accept their kid's class schedules?
Before she could voice those thoughts, I quickly interjected, "I'm not saying he has to be in all honors. I just want him placed where he belongs so he's appropriately challenged, and I'm wondering why it changed."
She checked her papers and was surprised to see that Austin indeed had been placed in honors classes. "You're right. He is supposed to be in honors. I have no idea what happened. I'll work on this right now. Have Austin come see me as soon as he gets to school tomorrow so we can get him to the right classes."
OK, now I know mistakes happen, but really? Three wrong classes? He's missed a week and a half of his correct classes and now he's going to have to play catch-up in 3 difficult courses. I just hope his teachers take this into consideration and cut him slack and/or let him come in early or stay late to help him to get caught up.
I'm not overly impressed with this high school right now. I think my negative impression started with all their, "Your child must do well so