For the last year or so we’ve been working on finding a good school to get Finn into so that she’s got the best possible chances in 9 through 12th grade. We looked at a couple of very pricy private schools, one of which seemed to be a factory for Stepford Aryan lacrosse players. She also tested for the local magnet school, which has a very good reputation in this area. We’d done a tour last fall and came away extremely impressed by all the programs we saw. Their graphic arts program was staffed and set up better than the facilities I taught at over at UMBC. Their Environmental Science programs all looked fascinating, all the technology programs were sharp, and even the cosmetology program was legit. Jen arranged for Finn to take the various tests and we waited nervously for the results. She didn’t wind up being accepted to the other expensive private school we looked at, but we found out this week she was accepted into the magnet for Environmental Science and she’s low on the wait list for the Graphic Arts program. I can’t express what a huge relief that was for our whole family.
Our local high school isn’t terrible—it’s rated #5,920 out of all of the high schools in the country, #104 in Maryland, with a 92% graduation rate. But in contrast, Western Tech is rated #366 in the country, and the #6 school in Maryland according to the US News & World Report ratings. And according to the Baltimore County report card, it has a 98.6% graduation rate. It’s set up to be a lot more rigorous, with a lower teacher-to-student ratio than the others, and the facilities and curriculum all look solid.
I’m so proud of her for working hard to get in. She deserves a program that will challenge her; I hope she digs in and makes the most of it.
Matejowsky kids also give WalE two thumbs up. Hooray for Doulahs!
Jen might remember my brush with Weinermobile fame. My senior year at UT I was a “finalist” to be one of the drivers of the Weinermobile (there’s a few) for a year. They flew me to Oscar Mayer corporate headquarters in Madison to interview with the other finalists. I was crushed when I didn’t make it! I coulda been a contender…
And that’s why you Matejowskys are one of my favorite things about Texas (even though you’re visiting Florida). Oscar Mayer’s loss, in my opinion.
I loved Wall-E, but it made me sad to see the five-year-old dream of naming our daughter Aoife (Gaelic for Eve, pronounced ‘aay-feh’) finally go the way of the mastodons. The name Eve/Eva/Ava was already popular, but now? Fuggedaboutit.