It's hard to believe that just one week into school I'm already gearing up for the 2010-2011 academic year with Christian. Yes, that is not a typo. I already have next year to deal with.
The school that Christian goes to is absolutely amazing, and I wish that we could keep him there until it is time for him to go to Kindergarten. However, financially we just can't commit to another year. To put it all in perspective without getting exact details, the cost of Christian's education this year costs more than most new sedans, and more than what both Chuck and I paid for one year of our college education. And that is with the very generous grant we received from the school. Next year, tuition jumps up to be the cost of about a new Yukon. And that is with the generous grant as well. We just can't do it. While it is hard knowing that we will be leaving such a wonderful school, it is easier with Christian doing as well as he is. I firmly believe he IS ready for a typical preschool. His school has given him such a great jump start, and his language is at and above age and peer level. I KNOW he'll be ok.
I've done hours and hours of research regarding Christian's placement for next year, and have a list of about 4 schools that we are interested in applying to and visiting. I feel so fortunate to live in an area that offers so many different types of preschools. We know that Christian will do well in a program that offers small classes, a very structored environment, and a program that is more academically based. We also need to be in a program that is open to working with a child with a hearing loss, and perhaps one that will work with us with whatever we have in our IEP.
So, this week I have an entire morning dedicated to calling in to one of our top choice programs in hopes that we will even be able to apply. It's very competitve and we need to actually speak with the director to request an application and play visit.
Just one more thing on my plate...