In the New York City Public School system before a student finishes the eighth or last grade it is required to select a high school where he or she wants to continue schooling. This selection is done around October of the last year and some specialized schools require special tests. Decision is made based on the these test results as well as the academic result of the student.
Abigail had her heart set on going to a high school that offers drama as part of the curriculum. In order to achieve this she took an audition in a well known high school not far from us. I was there with her and I was convinced that her audition was great. This is a New York City High School that is well known and has a respected history.
Her mother and I were really rooting for her to be accepted in this school. Abigail had her heart set on studying drama and we thought why not. This world needs more drama queens, right?
Along with this one school she listed two others on her application. Each equally good but not as good as the first one.
Anyway, today was the day when it was announced at her school who was accepted and where. And guess what!
Abigail was immediately accepted into her school of first choice where she will study drama among other things.
Naturally we are all very happy and proud of her.
I am happy for another reason. I don't have to get up earlier in the mornings because the school is not far.