One of my favorite persons that I’ve met since coming back to Utah has got to be Les Hamilton. We were in the same ward for a few months before a split, and have only talked a dozen or so times. But every time I talk to him I like him even more than before. He happens to be the AD at Summit Academy High School.
Good To Know
A few weeks ago I wrote about how we had gotten the kids all ready for school. Well, last week Les shared a post on Facebook that Summit Academy High School was still accepting applications. I had known that Summit was the closest school to my parents house, but I thought there was no way we could afford it.
When Les shared his post, I contacted him and told him I would like to consider it but that I was worried about cost since I’m a disabled vet who just lost everything.
Turns out I’m an idiot (no shock to the rest of you, I know). Summit isn’t a private school… it is a charter school. No tuition!! There is no reason my kids couldn’t attend.
So I got online ASAP and put in applications for all of my kiddos. They had room for all of them but Andrew, the one going into kindergarten. They were reasonable enough to tell me that if I registered the others that they would “make room” for him.
So now the kids are all changing schools again. It’s been a pain in the “lower torso” to take care of the withdrawals, fees, new schedules, and uniforms. But I think the change will be a good one. My kids are now attending Summit Academy schools in Bluffdale.
And this morning, despite the headaches and current life turmoil, we were able to successfully get the children off to school. I think they were all even wearing clean clothes!
Nikki was nervous about the new school. She really thrived at Central Elementary in PG. She’s a bright little girl and I’m sure she’ll thrive here too. Josh wasn’t interested in classes but more excited about Cross Country and Volleyball that both start after school today.
Caitlin just wants to find people she knows. Kris and Charlee and excited to find friends too. They all are looking forward to a great school year!
And so are we!!
Funny side note. I called and withdrew the kids from the public schools. The people who answered were all nice and polite and said it was no problem.
They all said they needed to note where the kids would be attending. When I told them Summit, they ALL became much less polite, and borderline rude. One of them asked the new school, and when I replied with “Summit Academy” I got back, “Summit?! OK, got it” and she hung up on me.
I know there is political tension between public school advocates and advocates of other options. But this was my first taste of it on a personal level. I was a bit surprised at first.
I understand that public schools don’t want to lose the money that comes with each kid, but apparently they don’t understand that they are also losing the COST of the kid and the needed effort/energy to care for him/her. But since they (and almost everyone else) focus on money…