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Old 05-01-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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My son has qualified for an "Advanced Academic Program" and I have the option of sending him to White Oaks or keeping him in his current school with advanced work on the side.

We like his current school - both schools are rated the same by great schools - 8.

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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I have friends who go to WO. It is hit or miss..just like most schools. I dont think it was as crowded as other elementary schools in the area.... although that may have changed in the past year.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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I would go to the Open House at White Oak and talk to parents who have kids in the program. The AAP is generally completely separate from the rest of the school so I don't think Great Schools' Scores are that useful here.

Does his school have a local level IV or are they just promising some pull-out time. From my experience and understanding, it will not be much. The Center will be much more challenging. That may not be what your child needs, but if it is, I wouldn't count on "advanced work on the side" being much. Again, that's my experience - every school is different.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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His school does not have the local level IV but would have level III which I assume will consist of "pull out time".
The only problem is that if he goes to a level IV school assigned to him - he will not have Spanish immmersion any longer.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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I'd always thought the GS scores included AAP students. I'd take a look at the free/reduced price lunch stats and see if you're comfortable with it. Like it or not, even if your kid is one of 100 or so AAP kids among 500 kids that you are not comfortable with, it will still have an effect.

Also, I'm guessing the county provides transportation for your kid once he gets to his base school.

How comfortable would he be with change, in getting removed from his friends?
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (formerly Vienna, VA)
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I'd always thought the GS scores included AAP students.
It does. I just don't think it has much meaning to look at a school's overall score when you are looking into a specific program at the school.

And to Fairfax Mom, I didn't know your son is in Spanish Immersion. To me, that is a big deal - a gift of language is hard to replicate. I'd have a hard time deciding between the two.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:57 AM
 
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White Oaks is in a nice area of Burke but I think I will also check the stats. about the school
I think the county does provide a bus - not sure - need to call and find out all the details.

He has friends but thinks most of the kids in his class are "immature" - I told him that the kids at the other school might be immature also. He really loves the Spanish immersion so this is a really tough choice - I am agonizing over it - thats why I would like to get as many opinions as I can.

I have heard the principal at White Oaks is not "accesible" and I dont like that - the principal at Laurel Ridge is great but he is leaving this year. So many things to think about....
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