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Old 05-14-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Hello!

We are relocating to the Austin Area and I have a son entering Kindergarten with mild autism. Does anyone have any advice for which specific schools we should look for. Right now, we are looking at a place to live in the Steiner Ranch Elementary school district but we haven't settled on a specific area yet so we can move around. My husband will be working in the city so we don't want to commute more than 20 miles or so. We have never even been to Texas so this is a big change for us. Any advice at all you can give me would help so much! Our main priority is a good school for our son.

Thank you!!!
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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You should live here awhile before buying. A 20 mile commute in this traffic will probably be brutal.

I'd also see if you can talk to the SpEd coordinator for the school/district about your son and the Autism intervention services offered - some schools and districts have a structured program and others do not. I'd also want to know what the approach was overall (inclusion, pullout, specific methodologies used).
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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My BFF is a special education teacher at Rutledge, in Avery Ranch, and I think that particular elementary school's support for autism is very good. I would not particularly want to make the drive into downtown Austin from any area of Leander ISD, however.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the advice! We are definitely renting for the specific reasons you are mentioning. I just read very good reviews of this specific school but wanted to see if there was any first-hand experience specifically with autism. We are willing to drive just for the school so we want to make sure the school is worth it. I spoke with them already but there's nothing like real experience from other parents :-)
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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Hello!

We are relocating to the Austin Area and I have a son entering Kindergarten with mild autism. Does anyone have any advice for which specific schools we should look for. Right now, we are looking at a place to live in the Steiner Ranch Elementary school district but we haven't settled on a specific area yet so we can move around. My husband will be working in the city so we don't want to commute more than 20 miles or so. We have never even been to Texas so this is a big change for us. Any advice at all you can give me would help so much! Our main priority is a good school for our son.

Thank you!!!
I'll let others comment on special needs. But:

- Where "in the city" will he be working? (don't be vague...tell us the location or at least use nearby cross streets). "In the city" could be anywhere.

- 20 miles? Depending on the locations (of home & work).....it could be 30 min. or 86 min. each way...every day.

- You said "we don't want...." Are you commuting with him? (or are you going to look for a job?...or be a stay at home mom?)

- Why LISD, & why Steiner?

- What's your rental budget?

Renting is a good idea (to get your bearings). Good luck on finding the right school for kiddo.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Thank you for helping me narrow my focus - He will be working at University Medical Center at Brackenridge. I am not commuting with him (I am a stay at home mom for now). I picked Leander based on some preliminary research on special needs services. Steiner Ranch Elementary was one school I found that seemed to have a very positive reputation. We have 3 children and are ok with a 2-3 bedroom apartment but want to keep our budget to around 1,500/month. I am open to anything - meaning other schools or places in the area to live :-)
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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I've friends who are moving out of Steiner (actually out of state) after years of what they call difficult/poor support they had from the local schools to their children (autism), and that's the reason for the move. I've no personal experience in that regard, but I trust their feedback.

My view of the schools in this area is their support for special needs is more on the side of the bright kids (advanced programs) which I've, rather then support to children/kids with difficulties of different kinds (autism is just one).

Please take that as my personal opinion based on a limited surface (some family's friend kids and mine).

HTH
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:17 PM
 
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You can check out Silverado at Brushy Creek. They are assigned to Regan Elementary. Call up the schools and ask for information.

You can probably get cheaper if you check out Round Rock. Round Rock has some excellent elementary schools if you look in the right area. You are limited to apartments as home renting is going to be over $1500 a month.

I have a special needs child and will be sending them to a specialty school. His condition is correctable and I prefer for him to go to the ISD after his corrective procedure. You can check out specialty schools as well.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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Thank you all for the insight. This is helping me.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:16 PM
 
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Thank you for helping me narrow my focus - He will be working at University Medical Center at Brackenridge. I am not commuting with him (I am a stay at home mom for now). I picked Leander based on some preliminary research on special needs services. Steiner Ranch Elementary was one school I found that seemed to have a very positive reputation. We have 3 children and are ok with a 2-3 bedroom apartment but want to keep our budget to around 1,500/month. I am open to anything - meaning other schools or places in the area to live :-)
Thanks for the follow up info.

To all: How would the AISD feeder Elementary schools (that feed into Anderson HS) do as far as autism for Kinder/1st grade ?

It would seem that the area around Far West would be MUCH closer & I know there are tons of garden homes / apartments in that area (probably closer to 2K rent though). The Anderson HS feeder is a great one btw...but I have no idea how the special services are.

OP - Will hubby be working 8-5? (or off peak)
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