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February 26, 2013 at 4:35 am #606606
Was wondering if other WSB members had children participating in the JazzEd program during the school year after school. http://seattlejazzed.org/
We are considering it for our daughter who is starting at Madison next year. They give you a tough decision of taking Art/Computers and foreign language (all three) OR music. If you take music, you don’t get to do any of those other things. Really unfortunate when you have a child who is really into art and music. I could go on about how it’s not fair, but we are just looking into other ways to “make it work.” Problem is it’s Mondays at 4pm after school. Looks like the 50 bus goes right near Madison all the way to where the program is near the Columbia City public library – a 35 minute straight shot bus ride. Just not too sure about her taking the bus. Is anyone else have kids in this program? What have you done? Would you be interested in switching off to drive next fall? Thanks in advance.February 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm #785206
All three of my kids attended Madison and were part of the music program. They also all took Art/Computers and foreign languages as well. If your child scores well on reading, they will let them skip the “mandatory” reading class which opens up the schedule for 6th grade. All my kids also did not take PE as they could document that they were in outside activities. If you talk with the counselor they will work with you. LOVE the music program at Madison so would hate for your daughter to miss out! Madison was much more flexible and were willing to work this out for my family. Madison also has an awesome Jazz band which meets before school and if your daughter has played enough could possibly do in 6th grade. Hope this helps and good luck at Madison!February 27, 2013 at 4:16 am #785207
thanks for your input! At the open house the other night they had made it clear that this “opt out” was only for 7th grade. I have contacted the person who had identified themselves as the new counselor for next years incoming 6th graders. I know we are not the only family facing this dilemma.If I would have know of this approach, we would have been more proactive to look for other options since it’s that important to us.I hope we can work it out – everything else seemed really great about Madison!
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