My daughter will be 12 in September. She will begin middle school next school year. We have 3 middle schools. The one in our area she would have to walk to, its about a 15 minute walk. It is an Arts based school (elective classes are Cultural Art, Theater, and Media). The other school we are considering is an Environmental Science theme school (electives being Environmental Art, Environmental Technology and Advanced Technology plus they do alot of outdoor gym activities and conservation projects in the area).
She LOVES science and wants to go to college for Environmental Engineering. She is not one for being infront of others doing theater and singing and such. The only catch is the Environmenal Science school is not in our area so we would have to provide transportation for her to get there every day. I leave for work before the school opens so can not take her. I don't want to count on other family members taking her everyday. Her dad doesn't work right now but could possibly get a job and will not be able to take her.
My mom mentioned the idea of her riding the city bus to school. The bus goes near our house and drives past the school. But the thought of her riding the city bus is a little uneasy for me. She has always attended school with me where I teach and has never had to ride a bus to school.
So its either suck it up and let her ride the city bus to enrich her learning or have her walk to the other school where I don't think she will flourish as much and will not enjoy the classes offered.
The last option is to stay with me at my school but they do not offer advanced classes for her bc its such a small school and we don't have the sports she is interested in.
Would you feel comfortable letting your 12 year old ride a city bus to school each day? And I will not be home when she leaves to catch it. She's responsible enough where I would let her catch the school bus alone when Im not home...just not too fond of the idea being a city bus not a school bus.