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Old 10-11-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Separated from my husband and have been offered a job in Baltimore, MD with great benefits and will be staying with family in New Carrollton, MD (P.G. County) and need to find a school for my son who is 17 and has Asperger's Syndrome (high-functioning autism).

The area high school where we will be living is Parkdale and that school is HORRIBLE, so I refuse to send him there. I REALLY need to find a school fast! I was offered the job last week and have a start date of November 8th and will be moving from Cary, NC.

I found a school online, but discovered the tuition was about $36K a year, WAY, WAY out of my budget. If I can't get him into the right school, I won't be able to take the job.

If anyone knows of any good, affordable schools, please let me know!
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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Does your son have an IEP? Are you interested in inclusion? Are your son's academics really good? We need more information to provide you with some answers.

If he has an IEP, then you may want to push for a non-public placement. Kennedy Krieger has a high school with a good reputation. If he excels academically, see about having him test into Eleanor Roosevelt High. I would be talking to the school system special ed dept. NOW. Good luck.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Yes, he does have an IEP and I would much prefer non-public placement. I'll check out Kennedy Krieger. He hasn't done well academically in the past, but he was just diagnosed last year (which explained all the problems he'd been having for years) and then placed in Special Ed here in Cary and has done well, but he's not really challenged as much as he should be and he even says himself that it's "easy"...all A's and a B, but on the flipside, he doesn't do well at all in the mainstream socially and emotionally and has a hard time keeping up.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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PG County doesn't pull a non-public placement off the mark unless that's where you're coming from and it's on the IEP. They've become way stricter the last couple years and they were strict before that.


We have kids at my school who have been waiting for non-public for 2 or 3 years and it hasn't happened yet.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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For clarification, you'll have to work through every level of public before they'll even talk to you about non-public.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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I agree that a non-public placement can be difficult and the County has clamped down more on non-public placements recently. I was able to achieve a non-public placement for my child last year. But then again I had hired an educational advocate to assist me. OP, you may want to do the same.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Do you plan to stay in New Carrollton indefinitely, or are you open to moving? I wouldn't be keen to do that commute.

We moved to Howard County from Cary about 9 months ago. The schools are much better, and I thought they were good in WCPSS. But I don't have personal experience with special services.

Also, I don't know much about this place other than it exists (and I've been to their thrift store), but they might have some ideas for you: Linwood Center, Inc.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Thanks everyone!

Yes, I do play to stay in New Carrollton indefinitely. The commute is really not that bad. I did it a couple of times when in the area for my interviews. I commute from Cary to downtown Durham now and it's just a little bit longer than that and from New Carrollton to Baltimore I just get right on 295/BW Parkway and all the traffic is in the opposite direction going into DC.

I did contact the Linwood Center yesterday and every place I found online and they all with the exception of two have to have referrals from the local school and some are for more low functioning students. The high school I'm trying to avoid is the high school I went to and it was a zoo then and it's beyond a jungle now, but I'll keep looking.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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Thanks everyone!

Yes, I do play to stay in New Carrollton indefinitely. The commute is really not that bad. I did it a couple of times when in the area for my interviews. I commute from Cary to downtown Durham now and it's just a little bit longer than that and from New Carrollton to Baltimore I just get right on 295/BW Parkway and all the traffic is in the opposite direction going into DC.

I did contact the Linwood Center yesterday and every place I found online and they all with the exception of two have to have referrals from the local school and some are for more low functioning students. The high school I'm trying to avoid is the high school I went to and it was a zoo then and it's beyond a jungle now, but I'll keep looking.
MANSEF-Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities

The above website contains descriptions about non-public schools in the state. I would also ask the PG school system what they have available for autism students at the high school level. I know the County has an elementary autism program, and a more inclusion-focused program at certain middle schools. I haven't heard of anything at the high school level, but I could be mistaken. Maybe search the school system website to see what may be available:

Prince George's County Public Schools

I know that you want to live in New Carrollton, but I have heard that Howard County offers good resources for autism students. Also, other counties may be more receptive to a non-public placement (such as Baltimore County).

Again, I would take his IEP to someone in the Special Ed dept. in the PG school system to see what is available for high-functioning autistic high school students. My personal view is that the County focuses on separate programs for the moderate to severe autistic children, and the high-functioning children are expected to be included or mainstreamed, unless something else is going on (such as behavior problems). I had some experience with the elementary autism program. Let's just say it didn't meet my child's needs, and leave it at that.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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My neighbor's son has Asperger's and goes to The Harbour School in Annapolis.
The Harbour School
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