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Old 05-30-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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Just read the thread about the TX schools and the emphasis on test taking. We are coming from the Northeast and an excellent school system--one that is a feeder into the Ivy League, with seasoned teacher and an a very nurturing environment in the younger grades....

Should we be thinking private school in Texas? I have one gifted child and one ADD child so this is an important question for us. I should say too that one of my concerns here is that it is a very competitive environment as the kids get older. As an example, it is the standard for freshmen to have academic tutors (!) and I am not sure that is the best place for my ADD child. One of the things that attract us to Texas is the weather and the opportunities for sports etc. I am hoping to help my ADD child have a more well rounded life than one spent inside, studying to keep up to exceedingly high standards to then enter a very specific rat race. On the other hand, I don't want my more academically minded child to get bored...... Whew, so hard to figure this all out.

For the record, we have only lived here a few years due to relo so we are not from here--rather mere observers.

Your thoughts please!

Monster
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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There are a few specialist schools for LD kids. I don't know if ADD qualifies, but you might want to look in to June Shelton school.

Gifted kids will be fine in any number of private or public schools with AP programs. There are several public school districts with very, very good magnet programs, and if that's your priority you might want to look at Preston Hollow/North Dallas or Lakewood in DISD or the nicer areas of Garland ISD.

I would consider different schools for the two if that's a problem. Private school in Dallas is very common but it's not mandatory, and there are lots of options if you choose the private route.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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We've thought about different schools, but they are twins and my ADD kid is really mildly ADD....Still, not off the table! Nothing is off the table at this point.

Thank you!
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:25 PM
 
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This sounds like a challenge.

Best to call schools and talk to them about your situation. DISD last day in this Wed. Lakewood Elem is a good school if you choose to move into Lakewood. Also w/in Lakewood is Lakehill (pvt school) with smaller class size.

Travis is the TAG school for grades 4-8. Selections have already been made for the upcoming school year, though.

How old are your twins?
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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most people take into consideration where the job is and the commute time
there is no public tranportation outside Dallas area--not extended network as there is back east
don't know if that matters to you or not

there are posters on the dallas board that are not happy with special needs services at many ISDs in the area
I would say run a search for ADD or ADHD and see what comes up--most of them are about schools...
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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I've heard that Plano in general is good at providing services to kids who need them.
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Sounds like we've been where you are

When we moved down here we had to look for a school for our 8yo ADD profoundly gifted child. We finally settled on the CFBISD (Carrollton Farmer's Branch Independent School District) since we wanted an environment where our child's giftedness was nurtured without the intense pressure to perform. There is a good understanding of giftedness and the district tries very hard to support the emotional as well as intellectual needs of the children.

I am still happy with my choice but the Testing business down in texas is horrendous. All the kids are put under pressure to perform for the test. We have not had to deal with it yet. The entire mess starts in 3rd grade so you should have a year to settle down before that monkey is on your kids' backs!
I don't that a gifted kid will do well in any school district that is considered 'good'. It is much harder to find a good fit for the needs of a gifted child and I wish you luck with that.

About getting out and about with your kids - Dallas is great for this. However, it is as hot as purgatory down here in the summer. Early mornings and late evenings are still ok but you may find yourself sticking to the indoors for most of the summer (kind of like the winter's up north). If you end up buying a home with a pool it can make a huge difference if you want your kids to get active even in the summer time. There are plenty of parks, biking trails, green belts etc so that the outdoor time that can be such a help is much easier to achieve.
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