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Old 10-05-2015, 08:00 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Does he have a IEP?
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:02 AM
 
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What kind of IEP will he be coming with?

My elementary-aged child has moderate learning disabilities and has been in a private specialized school. I recently spoke to the learning specialist at the Atlanta Public School where we are districted, and she told me that, although they do take classroom performance into account, my child would basically need to be two grade levels behind in order to qualify for services due to her learning disabilities.

I am not sure, by your description, that your child's differences would set him apart enough to qualify for a smaller class size etc. At least not in APS.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:43 PM
 
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Right now I'm very flexible as to where to live. My husband works downtown and he'd prefer as short a commute as possible, but ultimately the school is the deciding factor. If there's a great public school option then I'd want to live in that school district.
GA doesn't do special ed very well. IN fact, the the US DOE just came released some pretty dismal findings about special ed in GA and the state hasn't really responded.

Ga. Special Education Segregates, Lacks Programs, DOJ Says | WABE 90.1 FM


If you aren't adverse to hiring attorneys/advocates and fighting you might be able to have most of your child's needs met. But you won't ever see the class size you are seeking as that isn't something that is done in a mainstreamed environment.
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:18 PM
 
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The Bedford school would meet your needs in terms of specialization and class size. They are amazing. The only thing is Bedford ends in grade nine. Why don't you call Bedford and see if they can provide a rec for schools 10-12th grade. Ask for Dr. Box.
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Sophia Academy or Ben Franklin Academy
I second this.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:19 PM
 
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He doesn't currently have an official IEP since he is already attending a school for kids with learning differences and prior to that attended a private school which was extremely accommodating and didn't require it. But he would probably be entitled to class notes, preferred seating, computer use and the such. I don't expect a public high school to offer what a private school offers. And I know that I can expect a typical large class size as is the norm in public school. I was just wondering if there was a public high school (including charter or magnet) that was known to be a little bit better in this area. The private schools mentioned seem fantastic and may be what we ultimately choose. But if there is a public school that's also worth looking into, I'd love to know about it.
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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He doesn't currently have an official IEP since he is already attending a school for kids with learning differences and prior to that attended a private school which was extremely accommodating and didn't require it. But he would probably be entitled to class notes, preferred seating, computer use and the such. I don't expect a public high school to offer what a private school offers. And I know that I can expect a typical large class size as is the norm in public school. I was just wondering if there was a public high school (including charter or magnet) that was known to be a little bit better in this area. The private schools mentioned seem fantastic and may be what we ultimately choose. But if there is a public school that's also worth looking into, I'd love to know about it.
Are you aware of how hard it may be to get an IEP? GA (and I think all states) have something called Response to Intervention, a 60-90 process that "requires" schools to try in classroom interventions before going to an IEP? In fact, he may be better served by a 504 plan.

Is he a 9th grader? If so, last I heard Tapestry Charter School, which is designed for mainstreaming autistic students, may have spaces. It is only in its second year and 9th grade is the highest grade they have (so it may not be such smooth ride). You could call them.

You must live in DeKalb and the problem with that is that DeKalb isn't known for strong special ed services even at the handful of decent high schools.

You might take a look at the N. Fulton high schools where the overall population of students is strong. And you might find that the schools have the resources to serve your child well. But it won't be easy to get services.
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