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Old 10-14-2019, 10:05 PM
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We’re looking to relocate our family from south sound to the Bellevue/Kirkland/Issaquah area and are trying to narrow our search down to some good spots.
One key factor is that our oldest is going into Middle School next year and he has ADHD, so we’re trying to find a middle school that will best support his needs.
Here are some factors to consider:
- he will be coming from a Montessori school, so the change from private child-led project-based learning will be a big change
- his ADHD is well managed and fairly mild
- I’m a SAHM so I can help facilitate a good transition, but I’ve got 3 other kids so I don’t want to sign up for a high-maintenance school (we’re currently living in a school district that doesn’t offer much support which is partly why we’re leaving)
- this will be our first public school situation since all my kids go to private schools right now. Although Both my husband and I went to public schools, this will be my first time navigating IEP’s and a larger school setting on my child’s behalf. So extra bonus points for a school that makes it easier for me to figure all this out.
Here’s what’s been recommended:
- Islander MS (Mercer Island)
- Chinook or Tyee (Bellevue)
- Evergreen (Redmond)
I’ve been specifically told that the Middle Schools serving the Bridle Trails area are not that great for kids needing extra services like ADHD. That the Elementary and a High schools are great, but the middle schools are lacking.
Can anyone offer some real life feedback for how their own ADHD kids did in one of the Bridle Trails middle schools (Odle or Rose Hill)? I like the Bridle Trails area, but If what I’ve been told is true then it sounds like we should steer clear.
If we’re going to make the move, I want to choose a Middle School that will get my son off on the right footing. Making the transition from a small private school to a (comparatively) large public school will be hard enough - I want to make sure we find the right school that has the right support and “vibe”. Thanks!
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:14 PM
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Some clients of mine who have a child with moderate ADHD bought a home on Mercer Island and have had good experiences at Islander, they called it "heartfelt".
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