Have you ever stayed awake at night and asked yourself is my child ready for the next grade? Does your child feel pressure from the teachers or students to preform at a level that might be above where they are currently at? There is a situation that all parents face in Orange County, which I will refer to as “The Academic Rush”.

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The Academic Rush

What does that mean? While I am still learning as a mom every single day, I do not have all of the answers for you. But one thing I see in common between all families I come across is the need and want to see our children succeed. Most, including myself have felt this rush to have our children perform high in academics at an early age. 

Orange County in particular is known for the high rated schools, and with high rated schools comes high rated expectations. From parents and teachers alike. 

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For me, I am a creative type, a fly by the seat of your pants, non-rule following, artistic girl. So academics has never been my strong suit. Therefore, academics is not at the very top of my list for raising my children. While I still find it extremely important, I also like to balance art, music, and people skills (which I find take you the furthest in the world).

Now that being said, we are at one of the highest rated elementary schools in Orange County and among some extremely competitive and bright children. So I do feel the pressure to perform and I know my daughter does too. My daughter is smart and outgoing and she is doing great but she is certainly not at the top of her class and we still have a lot of work to do to “catch up”. Nobody wants their child to feel like they are behind or not good enough. We all want our kids to feel secure, happy and confident at school.

Knowing what I know now, my husband and I decided that with our two year old, we would push him further in academics for the preschool and Pre-K classes to better prepare him for kindergarten. Or that was until I started writing this article and digging a little deeper.

Is my child ready for the next grade?

I found that while there are so many moms like myself, there are also so many moms looking for a more European education with a focus on being outdoors, building friendships and creativity. The idea of these schools are also very intriguing to me. 

I also came across another very interesting concept. When we as parents choose our home and neighborhoods to raise children, the first thing we look for are the schools and the school ratings. So naturally if you can enter a 9 or a 10 rating school than you are in luck right? Or Wrong? I asked myself, “Is it better to be at the bottom of the class in a 10 school, or the top of the class at a 7 or 8 rated school”?

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While, I am still contemplating the answer to my question above, I did find one tool to help us out in the meantime. I came across testingmom.com as part of an affiliate I am working with and really love what the program has to offer. While I may earn a small commission on any memberships joined I truly love this product or would not be sharing it here with you. 

Karen first became interested in testing when she noticed that her son, Sam, wasn’t developing as quickly as her daughter had. A doctor diagnosed a hearing problem that could be fixed via surgery and (after giving Sam an IQ test where he scored in the 37th percentile) pronounced that Sam would never function in a regular classroom. Luckily, Karen’s mother was a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Development. She showed Karen how to work with Sam and get him ready for both testing and a regular classroom. Karen worked diligently with Sam for about 30 minutes every day doing activities that would build the abilities he needed for school and testing. A year later, Sam scored in the 94th percentile on an IQ test. He was admitted to a competitive private school in Manhattan and was placed in honors classes.

Karen went on to co-found a consulting business helping families get their kids into NYC’s best public and private schools. There, she taught parents how to work with their children to get them ready for testing just as she had worked with Sam. A few years later, she left the company and wrote The Ivy Chronicles, a humorous novel about the experience of working in the competitive school admissions world of NYC. Karen wrote a total of four novels (two of which have been optioned as movies) before going back to the book she says she was “meant to write” – Testing For Kindergarten. In 2010, Karen co-founded TestingMom.com with Michael McCurdy, a site that offers test prep and a full array of top premium educational websites as part of their membership package.  Karen lives with her husband, Mark, in San Diego. Her daughter, Schuyler, is a working actor in NYC. As for her son, Sam, who was never supposed to function in a regular classroom? He just graduated from NYU.

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Is my child ready for the next grade?

The state of California recently released a School Dashboard, displaying a multi-color system for grading the performance of schools, school districts and charter schools on a variety of measurements.

The California School Dashboard (Dashboard) is an online tool that shows how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the state and local indicators included in California’s school accountability system. The Dashboard is a key part of major shifts in California K-12 schools, changes that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. The Dashboard provides information that schools can use to improve.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments moms! Do you love the school you guys are at? Do you feel like your kids are where they should be? Comment below and tell me everything! 🙂

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