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Old 02-25-2010, 09:28 PM
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I saw this post and wondered if anyone was able to answer this question. I myself am about to move to Portland area and am looking for a school that is knowledgeable about high functioning autism.

Originally Posted by TobiRates View Post
Hi, we're moving to Portland next year and also have kids with special needs. Both our boys (ages 3 and 7) are on the autism spectrum, but high functioning. I've been trying to research the best schools for them and seem to be finding that Tigard/Tualatin, West Linn/Wilsonville and Evergreen or Camas (WA) School Districts have the best reputations for special educ. I'm interested to see if you agree and what made you decide on TTSD over West Linn/Wilsonville. Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:09 PM
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My husband and I are considering moving to the Portland area with our three kids. We are currently in "the best" school district in the Bay Area and have been disappointed. Our first grader needs a challenge and the best schools around here only care about test scores.

Can anyone recommend a good school district that thinks outside the box?
Just want to add that pdx schools have many innovative programs that offer a challenge,and have the test scores to consider them 'good schools'. ie,mandarin and japanese immersion,for starters...and a number of charter schools that offer alternatives to the usual classroom environments-and are usually smaller schools/smaller classes,too. [ie,Waldorf,Consctrucitivst,Classical,etc. often times these programs are more academically/intellectually challenging,and not pen/paper sit all day settings,either.]

we know folks w/kids in the japanese immersion program [very happy with it]-kids can go to japan in the summer of 5th and 8t grade,and can opt to go thru the program k-12 [k-8 is 50/50 english and japanese,i believe].
same with mandarin.

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:35 PM
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As long as you stay in the tri-county area you will find schools with knowledgeable special educators (this is not to say other counties don't have good educators, but overall there are more services available to you in these counties). Oregon has a high diagnosis rate for children with autism, partly due to awareness of autism, but also other factors. I have spent the last year working with special educators from around the metro area, and their knowledge and talents are very impressive. Each school district has their own policies and procedures as far as placement and services, to some extent. In Hillsboro School District, for example, certain programs are centered in specific elementary schools, and your child is placed according to which program that will best fit for them. So your neurotypical kids will go to their local elementary, and your autistic child may be bused to a different elementary school.

Feel free to DM me if you have specific questions. I can share whatever resources I have.

One other thing to note, in Oregon a medical diagnosis is not required to receive services in the school. The school performs its own evaluation and will place according to Oregon Administration Regulations. For most other states, medical and educational evaluations are combined.
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