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Old 01-15-2010, 12:46 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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Is it true that magnet schools in general cater to gifted childen and not children with IEP's? If not, what Wake County (NC) magnet schools offer or are better for children with IEP's? Do they have to honor IEP's like standard public schools? My child will be in 6th grade and is ADD.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:53 PM
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You might also check out Sterling Montessori charter school, which we really wanted into--my 2 daughters sound so much like yours but they're 3 years (2 grades) apart in age. We have been happy with their base school but Sterling seemed prepared to work with a child's needs, whether those needs meant they needed extra challenges or extra help. AND....the kids aren't separated so firmly by grade--I believe k-2, 3-5, and 6-8th grades are together, so a kid who is actually aged for 4th grade will be in a class with kids aged for 3rd and 5th, too--seems like then the children could make friends more easily with others if they were drawn to older/younger kids. My younger child is a VERY young 2nd grader whose best friends in the neighborhood are first graders (and only a month or so younger than she is). My older daughter is unchallenged despite being in AG and is quite old for her grade.

Anyway, check it out. The down side is that the odds of getting both girls in at once are slim--the waiting list is long. But if you end up at the top of the waiting list you could find yourself with one child getting a spot in August and the other in December.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:18 AM
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Not true at all- I think in some cases they may even be better for students with IEPs depending on the program. Magnets are public schools, and are responsible for following IEPs.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:47 AM
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My experience with IEPs and my twins sons was only so-so. I felt often that by having the IEP for my son, it was an excuse for the teachers to say why my son had not learned something or not done well. We worked very hard with both of them at home, independent of school. After a year, it seemed that the IEP efforts were just not doing anything. I put both of my sons with a private tutor 3x wk. Within just 6mo they went from mid level performance to top of the class. We stuck with the tutor from 2nd grade thru 8th grade. They both had GPAs over 4.0 in HS, both are at NCSU today. I give all credit to their tutor, my husband and myself, and my sons. I really don't believe having the IEP helped at all in their learning.

ETA that my sons were in a magnet elem, Durant Rd.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:16 AM
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If requested by the parent, the school has a legal obligation to test for an IEP. This law is in effect regardless of the school.

Also, I think this is lost a lot in Wake County - An IEP is meant to HELP a child succeed, instead of just modifying their expectations to meet their ability.
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