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Old 03-02-2010, 03:52 PM
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Dear Friends,

I spoke to different ECI orgs and none of them gave me a clear answer like "with 78??? code your son will receive services thru Easter Seals or Brighton School."

I have heard positive thing about both NEISD and NISD and, truly, my husband and I have trouble understand the school system here as we were originally from Asia. For example, there are so many schools in one SD, and how would we know how to start? Look at the school rating, locate a particular school and then move to a certain "bock" to get into the school? Or, as along as we live in one particular SD, we are able to pick any school from the SD? Please help us.

My son as hearing impairment and people told us to look for a school with best speech therapy program. Do we have to decide now? Can we settle down in an area and then get him registered at a different school in same SD if the assigned one is not right for him?

Sorry about those stupid questions. You guys/gals are just so nice to tolerate me!!!!!

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:03 PM
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:10 PM
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Within each school district, each school has its' own boundaries. You are supposed to go to the school within your boundaries, unless there are specific reasons.

You can access the website of the school districts and should be able to download each the boundary of each school
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:16 PM
Location: Boerne area
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I'll try to answer some of the more general questions regarding school districts, ECI, etc.

1) ECI will do home visits if your child requires it, wherever you live. This service is available to everyone....doesn't matter what neighborhood you live in. Now, the particular ECI that will serve you will vary, but not the service itself. You child will come with some sort of service plan - whatever his individual needs are, whatever he is receiving right now - and the local ECI will go from that.

2) School districts are complicated....your son will begin to receive services as a child with special needs at the age of 3 from the school district. Not every school in each district has a PPCD (preschool) program for special education. So the school your child attends as a preschooler might not be the elementary school you are living closest to.

3) In some parts of NEISD and Northside ISD, there are capping issues - the grade your child is in might be full, so your child would then go to another school for that grade. This is confusing and complicated; someone who lives in those areas can speak better about specific schools.

4) as far as how to assess a certain school - you can look at several different things online. You can look at the demographics of a particular school - like what % of the kids receive free and reduced lunch, etc. You can look at the schools 'rating' - exemplary, recognized, etc. Those ratings are based on standardized test scores and nothing else. The standardized test scores are evaluated by demographic groupings too - the school has to pass a very high % in every category (African American, White, Hispanic, etc) to be considered Exemplary. So if a school does not receive the highest rating, it might just be because their Hispanic students scored low on one particular part of the test.

I hope this was helpful.
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