CeliB Posted May 28, 2013 Share Posted May 28, 2013 Dear all, We have a fairly major dilemma - went to pick up DS and see his end of year performance, and were told by his teacher (the boys only have one who teaches all of them exclusively) that he expects to be fired in the next few days. I won't go into the reasons except to say they seem to me to be more about differences of approach than teaching quality. All the boys have improved immeasurably since last time we saw them and DS exceptionally so... Apparently the replacement teacher is not Russian or Russian trained and has no track record in teaching (though this could be hearsay- we won't know until all this goes official). This teacher has a really strong mentor relationship with DS- he understands his character, keeps him on track, has encouraged and supported him and DS has thrived under his care. The teacher says to us that placing DS (and one or 2 others) somewhere where they can continue their training with him or with an equivalent level teacher is his highest priority. He is talking about other ballet schools where he has contacts (very early days but he includes going to Russia as one of those possibilities). DS is about to turn 16 and is a bit behind in his training having started vocational school late (14). This feels like a crucial time for him. It's too late now to audition for 6th form places elsewhere through the normal routes, and anyway DS is really wedded to Russian training. So, clearly there are lots of things to consider (not least of which is that if he now leaves the US his academics go seriously down the toilet) and I don't expect anyone on this forum to have the answer (if only!) but I wondered if anyone has experience of following a teacher rather than sticking with a certain school. Personally I trust the teacher far more than the school principle (despite having only 15 or so boys and only one english student he always gets DS's name wrong, compared with DS's teacher who after 2 years describes his character so accurately he could have known him since he was 2!). But there are issues of disruption, loss of his peer group, academics, cost and so on. Any advice or experience would be helpful.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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