In our school district, we have magnet programs. Firstborn goes to a great school geared towards the arts. He is getting top notch instruction in instrumental playing. Whirlwind hates to practice, yet he has decided to apply to this school because he likes what his brother says about the students and the atmosphere.
In the meantime, another high school has a great STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Whirlwind says he wants to be an engineer someday. I think this is the better path for him. We're encouraging him to apply to this program.
We should know something about both schools by April. I'll post the results.