School and ADHD - private vs. public

Zil - posted on 10/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, my son is on an IEP. He's in a parochial school and last year the teacher was very engaged in talking with OT and spec. ed. about behavior plans and strategies to help him focus. She read everything that was given to her.

Now I know that private schools are under no obligation to implement IEPs, however I chose to continue on this year because the principal said that this was a good place for my son to be. This year's teacher, however, is not following the IEP. She "doesn't have time" to implement a behavior plan and document anything because there are multiple kids in the class on IEPs (note: those kids are all new this year). So, I've escalated to the principal reminding her of the multiple conversations we had about this being a better fit than public (note: our town's public system does not earn high marks in our state). Now I'm wondering if I should have gone public because they're obligated to implement the IEP - even though I know even that can take some pushing.

Maybe I should look at schools specifically for ADHD kids?

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Amy - posted on 11/06/2011

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I've started the apps for 2 charter schools just yesterday. Keep your fingers crossed she gets into one of them. And on one of the applications it even asked if she had a 504 plan or IEP. But it's tough to get into one of those - they are very popular schools. I still have the local school up the road - which I've never heard bad things about - but my concern lies where she would go for middle school and it being the public school system.

Helen - posted on 11/01/2011

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Public. They are required to provide whatever he needs in the federal no kids left behind program. You will have IEP meetings every year with the new teacher, school psychologist, special ed teachers and counselors. I thought about private school for the smaller class size and more individualized teaching. But I am glad I sent him to public school. His team is great and if he gets a teacher that doesn't follow the IEP you have recourse.

Amy - posted on 10/25/2011

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I've wondered the same thing - currently she is in a private Christian school - but I keep seeing IEP mentioned and they currently dont do that at her school. Although I must say this year her teacher seems to be more on top of things than her previous teachers were - AND she seems willing to really get involved..Not sure if I should move her to public. Schools in this area do not have high marks and there are not many specialty schools close by for adhd children..I;ve also thought about performing arts schools - this child loves to sing and dance. would have to wait until 6th grade for that - shes only in fourth grade...

Phyllis - posted on 10/08/2010

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My son has thrived in a smaller setting. He is in a public school, but his grade has only 7 kids, and his combined class of grade 1/2 has only 15 students. is teacher is able to give him more of her time and that has made a big difference. There are 3 special needs kids in his class (my son with ADHD/ODD, one with Aspergers/tourettes and a girl with ADHD/ODD/Conduct disorder) they are all thriving beyond expectations. Perhaps you can find a smaller environment for him, public or private?

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