U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
 
Old 05-06-2007, 05:25 PM
 
5 posts, read 17,945 times
Reputation: 13

Advertisements

My son who is currently in 1st grade has Asperger's Syndrome. It is an Autism spectrum disorder characterized (in part) by lack of social skills. Academically he is fine, he just needs an individual education plan. Has anyone had, or heard about, positive experiences with a particular school system? Some schools have a better plan and are more committed than others to helping children who learn differently. We are very open to any areas around Denver. Most of the suburbs sound lovely. The most important thing for us is to find the best school system for our son. Thank you
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-06-2007, 05:32 PM
 
513 posts, read 1,857,209 times
Reputation: 270
We have an 11yo daughter with physical and mental special needs. Last year we moved to Louisville near Boulder from New Orleans. Before we moved, we researched a lot of the school districts in the area. Our final 3 were:Boulder Valley, Douglas County, and Cherry Creek. Obviously we picked the Boulder Valley School District. We are very happy with the services our daughter has received this past year. We are also active with a group called Imagine Colorado which serves people with special needs in Boulder and Broomfield. They have great services and programs for people of all ages. You can look them up on the web. Another good group is parent to parent of Colorado. They have a list serve that you can post your questions and get answers from parents. Check them on the web as well. Bottom line is we love Louisville and we are very happy with the Boulder Valley Schools. Let me know if you need more info. Good luck, you will love it here!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-12-2009, 05:15 PM
 
23 posts, read 83,896 times
Reputation: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by wilson3 View Post
My son who is currently in 1st grade has Asperger's Syndrome. It is an Autism spectrum disorder characterized (in part) by lack of social skills. Academically he is fine, he just needs an individual education plan. Has anyone had, or heard about, positive experiences with a particular school system? Some schools have a better plan and are more committed than others to helping children who learn differently. We are very open to any areas around Denver. Most of the suburbs sound lovely. The most important thing for us is to find the best school system for our son. Thank you
Colorado just lacks for all children with special needs. If you want to know more about my story go to Rip-off Report: Trinidad Public Schools Fishers Peak Elementary IDEA LAW Violations/Stripping my son Naked/False Child Abuse Allegations Trinidad Colorado To add to this story my 11 year old son with autism only received 12 hours of school a month and of that 12 hours 6 hours was after hours. I was arrested for taking the law into my own hands by telling the principle of what I felt. To make a long story short now that Bush is gone I wrote many letters and finally the state of Colorado is looking into my case. Please read up on how horrid the Colorado public school system is.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-21-2009, 11:20 PM
 
Location: SC
1,933 posts, read 4,468,921 times
Reputation: 795
Autism166, you had a bad experience in a community who is behind the times unfortunately. Other school districts in CO aren't like that. Every parent I have met who has a child with needs, specifically autism, cries when they hear they have to move elsewhere because they feel the staff loves their child and truly works as a team with them. I have been involved in D20, D8, D14, D11, and have close friends in D49, D3, and D38 who are sped teachers and they share the same story. The Pikes Peak area is really taking autism and its spectrum by the horns. We recognize that individuals who are nonverbal and have autism are very intelligent, you just have to find the key to communication.
Additionally, up in this area, if a child is 3 and has needs, preschool is free through the school district. In D8, we have preschool for kids 3 and 4 and we only take 6 typical peers per class in addition to the students with needs.
Also, keep in mind, laws are different in each state. For example, dyslexia isn't recognized in the state as a disability. However, we can label it as a physical disability. Autism also has to impair a variety of things to be labeled autism...otherwise it will be labeled physical. Even with all of this being said- WE always look at the child and see what is best for the child...work the system to benefit the child. Not DEAL with the SYSTEM, make the system work for the child. I
Also, if a school states your child's least restrictive environment isn't at school (the whole 12 hrs a month thing) than legally the school has to provide at home education...unless the child is preschool or kindergarten. Then, half days are acceptable. If the school district can't serve your child at all, then THEY must provide transportation and all the funding to find an adequate (NOT the BEST) educational environment. I have heard negative things similar to your story about Pueblo and Trinidad concerning SPED, but that isn't all of CO. Southern CO doesn't do much with the Pikes Peak are or the northern end of the state. Shoot, the Pikes Peak area doesn't do much with the Denver area.
I am so sorry you had a horrible experience, I really am. No one should have to go through what you have had. However, please don't make the mistake of assuming that all of CO is like that. Your post reads pure bitterness, understandably so. But, up here in our area, our parents love what we do with their kids. The southern end of the state hasn't caught up yet and are known for being behind the times with SPED. Granted, this isn't good, but don't insult all of us- that is unfair.
Essentially, its no different than having a bad experience with Jake and then deciding that all Jake's in the world are bad. I ask you, please stop insinuating that all sped teachers and the entire SPED program in CO is bad, because it isn't. The SPED programs in the Pikes Peak area are wonderful, we have very happy parents.

Last edited by froggin4colorado; 06-21-2009 at 11:32 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-14-2011, 03:21 PM
 
2 posts, read 6,109 times
Reputation: 10
Default Special Education Schools in Colorado

Can anyone tell me which areas are best in terms of education systems for children with special needs (ie. global developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, hypotonia, CP, etc.)? How does Denver/Denver suburbs compare to Colorado Springs or to Fort Collins? Any shared input and information would be appreciated -- especially real life experiences from parents who have children with special needs. Thank you in advance.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-17-2011, 11:41 AM
 
4 posts, read 9,759 times
Reputation: 10
Hi my husband's job might relocate us to Englewood,CO. We are pretty excited (mountais and horses) but my 3yr old has autism and we are wondering what are the best school districts for him. Here in Chicago the schools are no good at all where we live. Any in fo is appreciated. Thank you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-19-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
156 posts, read 371,940 times
Reputation: 63
I have a 16 year old son with Autism and can speak regarding middle school and high school programs. When we moved to Colorado in early 2009, we had planned to buy a home in the Douglas County School District. So, we arranged corporate housing there, and enrolled our son in a middle school in Highlands Ranch. Their special ed program was pathetic...I knew after a matter of weeks that we didnt' want to remain in that district. So, we ended up purchasing a home in the Cherry Creek School District, and I've been fairly happy with the services they provide him. Colorado is not a great state for special ed...that's just the way it is. We've moved several times due to my husband's job, and I'd honestly say that his educational experience here has been the least impressive out of the states we've lived in (St. Paul, MN, Enid, OK, and Frisco, TX). But Cherry Creek Schools are one of the best districts in the state, and what he's receiving is acceptable...not fantastic, but acceptable. Definitely better than Douglas County.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Today, 11:26 AM
 
1 posts
Reputation: 10
Smile Pikes Peak and Exceptional Schools Regarding Special Needs

Quote:
Originally Posted by froggin4colorado View Post
Autism166, you had a bad experience in a community who is behind the times unfortunately. Other school districts in CO aren't like that. Every parent I have met who has a child with needs, specifically autism, cries when they hear they have to move elsewhere because they feel the staff loves their child and truly works as a team with them. I have been involved in D20, D8, D14, D11, and have close friends in D49, D3, and D38 who are sped teachers and they share the same story. The Pikes Peak area is really taking autism and its spectrum by the horns. We recognize that individuals who are nonverbal and have autism are very intelligent, you just have to find the key to communication.
Additionally, up in this area, if a child is 3 and has needs, preschool is free through the school district. In D8, we have preschool for kids 3 and 4 and we only take 6 typical peers per class in addition to the students with needs.
Also, keep in mind, laws are different in each state. For example, dyslexia isn't recognized in the state as a disability. However, we can label it as a physical disability. Autism also has to impair a variety of things to be labeled autism...otherwise it will be labeled physical. Even with all of this being said- WE always look at the child and see what is best for the child...work the system to benefit the child. Not DEAL with the SYSTEM, make the system work for the child. I
Also, if a school states your child's least restrictive environment isn't at school (the whole 12 hrs a month thing) than legally the school has to provide at home education...unless the child is preschool or kindergarten. Then, half days are acceptable. If the school district can't serve your child at all, then THEY must provide transportation and all the funding to find an adequate (NOT the BEST) educational environment. I have heard negative things similar to your story about Pueblo and Trinidad concerning SPED, but that isn't all of CO. Southern CO doesn't do much with the Pikes Peak are or the northern end of the state. Shoot, the Pikes Peak area doesn't do much with the Denver area.
I am so sorry you had a horrible experience, I really am. No one should have to go through what you have had. However, please don't make the mistake of assuming that all of CO is like that. Your post reads pure bitterness, understandably so. But, up here in our area, our parents love what we do with their kids. The southern end of the state hasn't caught up yet and are known for being behind the times with SPED. Granted, this isn't good, but don't insult all of us- that is unfair.
Essentially, its no different than having a bad experience with Jake and then deciding that all Jake's in the world are bad. I ask you, please stop insinuating that all sped teachers and the entire SPED program in CO is bad, because it isn't. The SPED programs in the Pikes Peak area are wonderful, we have very happy parents.
Hi and thank you for your post. I am in grad school and hoping to complete classroom observations with an exceptional Special Needs Instructor with organization and teaches with the such expertise in her field of study. What school do you recommend would provide exceptional learning within the special needs classroom. What you have written is exactly what I believe we must provide as educators. Thank you so much and I greatly appreciate your help. What schools are in the Pikes Peak area, what district or schools are considered part of the Pikes Peak area. Thank you
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Today, 11:59 AM
 
17,387 posts, read 24,673,793 times
Reputation: 12771
Mary, regarding COLO SPGS, here's some info from one of our teachers who had to leave the area. Fountain Fort Carson is our School District 8 (aka D8) and here's the link to them. In the COLO SPGS forum you can find a good deal of such info with a quick use of our search tool which all new users should familiarize themselves with.

There are several districts in the area, here are the main ones.

Quote:
Originally Posted by froggin4colorado View Post
If CO- Colorado Springs area. I am now out east and have been involved in VA and SC and NOT impressed with the schools out here and now understand why the big Education Reform push. I was spoiled there in Colorado, specifically Fountain Fort Carson School district in Fountain. If a child needed services, it was given- plain and simple. No fight, no breaking of laws or deceit. Just RIGOR, RELEVANCE, and RELATIONSHIPS. I have truly hurt my childrens' education by moving out east and leaving Colorado schools.

There is a lot of free to cheap things to do in Colorado Springs and year round too. I am amazed that parks here in SC cost money and close, there just isn't a lot of free stuff to do here in Charleston- although it is a great place to visit as a tourist!

Fountain is a suburb of Colorado Springs, a bedroom community. Use ppar.com to check out rentals and buying. Every MLS is listed there.
__________________
- Please follow our TOS.
- Any Questions about City-Data? See the FAQ list.
- Want some detailed instructions on using the site? See The Guide for plain english explanation.
- Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
- Thank you and enjoy City-Data.

Last edited by Mike from back east; Today at 12:44 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top