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Heather - posted on 02/27/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 1st grader is struggling in school. Hes already repeated 1st grade once. Im thinking of pulling him from school and enroll him into a charter school. Any advice??

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Jodi - posted on 02/28/2012

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Have you spoken to a teacher about what he is struggling with and had him assessed for how he could be helped? Just pulling him out of one school and enrolling him in another isn't necessarily going to solve the problem. I think it is really important to get to the bottom of the cause of the problem. Only then can you find a solution.

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Heather - posted on 02/28/2012

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Thanks Emily... yeah he doesn't have an iep just a 504 but I'm going to research this more! thanks for all the advice

Emily - posted on 02/28/2012

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All charter schools are different and have different philosophies. I wouldn't assume that a charter school would be the answer.. I think whatever school he attends he's going to need some type of special attention/IEP or whatnot. This is something that the school district I think is legally required to provide, regardless of what school a child attends. If they're not doing enough to help your child, there are education advocates out there that can help you to get what your child deserves in order to get his educational needs met. If the district is letting him fall through the cracks, that's totally unacceptable.

Heather - posted on 02/28/2012

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Awesome! Thank you soo much for the help... I take those notes with me :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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Also find out about speach/language therapy and how they would assist in his dyslexia. The programs should be free, and you could even find out about tutoring or an after school program to best suite his needs.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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Also, find out how many teachers per kid ratio it is, and definitely join the parent council to be as involved as you can.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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And, yes I prefer a charter school to a public school. At least the area I live in, it is the best choice next to private. Definitely meet his teachers, and the SPED teacher. Our school has something called the "lunch bunch" where the SPED teacher takes kids from each class with certain needs from shyness, to autism, to hyper active and gets them all together and teaches different things during lunch time. My son loves it. He is very shy and soft spoken, unlike his mother.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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Charter schools are hardcore. At least the one my son is in. Pretty intense.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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Well that is fantastic. It is important to talk to them about his needs and your concerns to ensure this is the proper school for him. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 02/28/2012

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Yeah they do! I go tomorrow to check it out and see how it would work for my son. and Theres an open house tonight for another...

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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Does the Charter school near you have a really good Special Education Program? I know mine does, not sure if they all do.

Heather - posted on 02/28/2012

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And I wouldnt be dumping him to a new school. He has the tools in certain areas but reading is his low. Hes dyslexic.. I was asking for ADVICE on putting him in a charter school meaning is charter schools before then public?

Heather - posted on 02/28/2012

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Actually I found a charter school by my house and can enroll him. Of course I have done my research and yes i have talked to his teacher and I get the same thing. His learning doctor told me he needs intense one on one for 2 hours or more. My son being in a public school is just not working for him. Theres more then just this issue going on at school.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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My son is in a charter school. Typically you cannot just enroll your child, but you put their name into a lottery to see if they are chosen. Secondly, do you sit down and do his work with him? And thirdly, speaking to the teachers to figure out ways to help him is key. Dumping him into another school (which of course may be a better school) may not do a thing if he does not already have the tools to deal with school. That is what he needs.

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before you pull him out of school, see if you can't figure out why he's having a problem. is it something to do with the teachers? is he having problems with a classmate? is he not on the same level as the other kids? see if you can't set up an appointment with his teacher so you can ask him/her questions regarding your son's activities. if it's something to do with his behavior, you may need to talk to a specialist, one who deals with such cases. but if i were in this situation, i'd be doing a lot of research to find out why he isn't succeeding.

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