The kids - page 3

Hi guys just returned from a mounths vacation in the USA and we really enjoyed it. We are now ready to start the process of relocating. We have already hit are first hurdle, the kids. IF anyone has... Read More

  1. by   RGN1
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    Hate to tell you but I have recently done some family including 3 children who need Hep B for immigration They were going to NZ and it didn't cost them anything, we could claim for the injections so didn't charge and kids got it on NHS prescription
    Where in Wales are you?? Can I come to your clininc??? My Sister-in- Law is Welsh does that count???? I KNOW my GP will charge because we're in London!!
  2. by   madwife2002
    My dd got it free but my son and husband had to pay 65 pounds per shot
  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from RGN1
    Where in Wales are you?? Can I come to your clininc??? My Sister-in- Law is Welsh does that count???? I KNOW my GP will charge because we're in London!!

    I live in Bradford
  4. by   RGN1
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    I live in Bradford
    Where on earth did I get Wales from??? Guess that'll teach me to go on late at night after a shift!! Guess there's a minor connection with dragon but oh my I'm losing it!!:imbar
  5. by   apriljan
    Will they let the kids start school if they have started the course but not completed it. My son will have had 2 shots of Hep B, may be able to squeeze another in before we go!! He and my daughter got them free from our GP's surgery when we told them what we needed for, before our unterviews. According to the info on the embassy website my daughter didn't really need it she's 20 but had it anyway!
  6. by   madwife2002
    Yes Apriljan-no problem
  7. by   apriljan
    Great, thanks. Had a chat with our 17yr old and he's keen to go to school for the last year. I think that will help him settle in more quickly and give him time to think about his future.:spin:
  8. by   gods
    Can anyone tell me alittle about the schools in America, especially CA. Do they have 6th form colleges, at what age do children offically leave shool, what kind of exams to they have. If anyone can suggest a web site that I may look up all this information I would be very greatfull.

    Thank you
    Kind regard
  9. by   Mimi2RN
    Kids go to school for 12 years, plus kindergarten which is not always mandatory. Depending on the district, they can start first grade the fall after they have turned 6 years old. My oldest was born in June, and graduated at the age of 17 after 13 years of school. Some parents hold their children back a year when the have birthdays in June-September. Makes no sense to me, it means the kids graduate at almost 19.

    We have Grade schools from 1st through 5th or 6th, or even 8th Grade. Next they go to Middle School/Junior High, which can be 2-4 years. By 9th or 10th Grade, your child will be in High School. Graduation depends on a credits earned for the classes that are taken, or a specific list of skills/classes/competencies that must be passed. California now has a leaving exam that can be taken from 9th grade on up. No pass, no diploma. Every State, and School District, has different requirements. Also, there are different kinds of Alternative Schools, or Charter Schools run by the Districts. And don't forget the private schools and parochial schools.

    I believe that kids can leave school without graduation or penalty at 16. They can take the GED which is similar to a High School Diploma, and go to college with that. Of course, they can get jobs without finishing High School, but then they don't have that important piece of paper to say that they graduated. That means they are limited in what they can do.

    I went to college here, with my GCE certificate in hand. That was acceptable to show that I had graduated from High School.

    My kids are now adults, so I'm not totally familiar with our local situation. The best thing to do is to get in touch with the School District when you know where you will be.

    Make sure your kids move here with you, it's much more complicated if they don't at first, then change their minds and want to move here later.

    Hope this helps!
  10. by   gods
    Thanks for the information Mini2RN,
    I now understand a little more about your school system in America. I hope I dont mess up my kids education. Im hoping that we will make it to the states by at least January 2008, My eldest son will then be nearly 15yrs old, at the monent he is 13yrs old and will be 14yrs old in Febuary 2007. SO what year will he enter school at? will he be able to stay on after he is 16. What age do they start university.

    Our school system is that compulsary education ends at 16yrs old , they can then go on to a 6th form college untill they are 18yrs old. If they pass there exams they can go on to a university to do a 3-4year degree.

    Thanks again
  11. by   madwife2002
    He will stay at school until he is 18 years. The US kids start full time education 2 years after our children in the UK so they leave later. The school will send for transcripts so that they will know what your son will need to study over here. American History will be one subject that he will need to take.
    Get him to play and play football or soccer as it is said overhere, because if he is talented the schools will actively promote his skill.
  12. by   gods
    Thanks Madwife,
    I feel much happier that he can stop in school untill he is 18yrs old. It will also help him to settle in faster and make friends. He feels right now that were going to ruin his life. I know that its normal for him to think this way but keeping him informed will help the transition. He's a bright boy.

    Football is one of his greatest loves, he keeps saying no one plays football in America, I shall give him the great news regading this fact right away.

    Thanks again
  13. by   madwife2002
    The schools all encourage their kids to play soccer and there are lots of teams about, my son was surprised by the high standard.