Thanks for the good advice. It's worth the conversation, but I doubt they'd let me out of the contract. With this program (and this program only), they require half the tuition now, and half at the beginning of October. My bet is that's because many, many parents try to pull their kids out due to the separation anxiety their kids exhibit. They want a full commitment.
My hope is that Z isn't the worst in the class (or the worst they've ever seen). He's so super stubborn, I can see him putting up a fight for a looooong time.
Hugs. Hope you guys are doing well.