What do you do when public school says they aren't a good fit?

AmyBith - posted on 04/14/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is currently in prek at the school he is supposed to be going to for kindergarten next year. This week my husband met with the kindergarten parent educator and his current prek teacher. They basically said that traditional school may not be the best option for our son. They suggested maybe skipping a grade or looking into private schools. He has not has a formal assessment yet or taken an IQ test. My son is also very big for his age. He is 4 1/2 but is always assumed to be 6. He is also very verbal for his age. So this combination makes people misjudge his age all the time. I don't think skipping kindergarten makes sense. Any suggestions for how to advocate my my child?

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Ashley - posted on 04/14/2012

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Check your school bored's laws, rules they have to provide education, they can not force your son into a privet school unless there prepared to pay for it. and you can refuse him being moved up a class.

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Heidi - posted on 08/17/2012

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You can force them to take your child, but you can't make them like your child. He is better off where he is wanted. You might check into charter schools, or other public schools in your district. Charters are free, they get public money and must follow the ruled of public schools.

Louise - posted on 04/18/2012

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Having already put a son through school I can tell you the answer to this. Keep him in his year group. Ask the school to provide extention work for him to keep his interest and broaden his mind. You have to learn the basics before you can move forward. My son was bullied all through primary school because he was very bright and was not into rough and tumble and sports. It was not until he went to high school and the children were graded by there academic ability that he actually made long lasting friends. I felt awful for him but he was not bothered. Now he is at university and can speak 5 languages and is studying a dual degree. He is having the time of his life!

You have to get the school on bored with you once you get the proof that he is gifted. If they refuse to give extention work you may have to move him up a year as he will become bored and that is when the problems begin

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