One of the biggest questions I get about my adoption journey is, “What did you do about school?”
We brought our daughter home at the age of 16 and she had recently completed 9th grade in her home country of Latvia. She was conversationally fluent in English, did not want to be placed in a lower grade, and definitely wanted to attend public school.
We began our journey to figure out where she was academically and what gaps needed to be filled to allow her to continue moving forward began immediately.
By the second semester of this first school year at home, she had made incredible strides. Our adoption process was close to finishing (in March) and she had the opportunity to finally enroll in school. We had visited a few and had some options about her pathway. In the end, she opted to finish the school year homeschooled and re-evaluate for the following year.
That summer, she decided that she felt it would be best for her to finish her high schooling at home. She recognized the support she was getting one-on-one and was thriving with her newfound academic success.
She graduated high school in 2019 and immediately enrolled at our local community college. She had some high anxiety about the placement tests, but did well and was able to enroll in classes to pursue her associate degree.
She’s now in her 4th semester and will be transferring to a university in the fall. She has been on the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA for 2 semesters and the Honors List with a 3.95 the other. She loves to read and I have watched her become increasingly curious about so many topics. The love of learning is a true gift - and in her case, I believe the success she found helped bolster this!
She sometimes wishes she knew what the American High School experience was like, but she has also shined with having such a strong academic base tailored to her needs for those 3 years.
In the end, there are many academic pathways to make for children -- and every child, family, and school will vary in what makes sense for each of you. This was our story and what worked for us.
I’m happy to share more about our experience if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org