I am the mother of two students at McAuliffe Heights at Irving Elementary School and an Irving alumni of the 1980s.
Through my old neighborhood, I learned of enhancements to the physical building (our library was a trailer out back) and an education program embracing multiple intelligence and technology (proud of Irving's progress, recalling the introduction of Apple computers with the big floppy disks).
My husband and I completed our letter of intent/application for our oldest child at about 2 years old, including our second as a newborn.
We attended the orientation meeting/toured the school and waited for approximately three years to get confirmation for our first child's acceptance.
In the spring before he'd start kindergarten we received a second acceptance letter. We're currently working on another letter for our twins, born in 2012.
There is a benefit to public schools adopting the programming; I also realize this may not be every family's preference. In my humble opinion, that's more than OK, and I'd never suggest violating sacred family boundaries, as child-rearing is a personal path.
The AASD school board stated there are more families interested in participation at MHI. Echoing suggestions from the January board meeting and the letter written by Liva Marasco:
n Consider expanding the program with another site. The opportunity to watch our academic family grow is fantastic, and I welcome increasing strength in those increased numbers. The durability at MHI is rooted in the comprehensive approach and entrenched involvement of the families. This long-term familial commitment is key to combating attrition.
n "Grandfather" current families, then enact the lottery system for an entire sibling/ family unit. Utilizing a lottery system for a single student will divide current families but also perpetuates problems for current applicants' siblings in the future.
n Noted in the AASD school board proposed No. 139 policy, advertise the MHI program for interested parents/guardians to investigate.
I promote and encourage all families within our district to consider the benefits and welcome their application to join our family.