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Old 11-10-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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I'm moving to the area with a child with mild Aspergers. My husband will be teaching at U. of Maryland in College Park. We don't know the area yet, but it seems like it makes sense commuting-wise to live in or near Silver Spring/Takoma Park. We want to find a good public school with good services for kids with special needs and an inclusion philosophy. I will be visiting an Aspergers program in one of the schools as well but our son is fully included now so I want to consider sticking with inclusion.

I'll be visiting the area soon and want to check out some schools/neighborhoods. I know it's a huge area, so I guess ideally I'd like to know recommendations for Silver Spring or Takoma Park, but I'm open to other suggestions for other areas as well if the schools are known to be good for kids with milder autism profiles (the ones who often fall through the cracks). My son will be entering 4th grade so I need to keep an eye on middle schools in the not too distant future as well. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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Please take a look at our little town of University Park, Maryland, located just south of UMCP. I think that our elementary school might be a nice fit for your child. I've posted on UP frequently, so perhaps you'd like to search the archives - use scrapper105
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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From one mother of a special needs to another, please stick with Montgomery County (which means SS is fine). If you go to PG or any of those other counties, you will regret big time.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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From one mother of a special needs to another, please stick with Montgomery County (which means SS is fine). If you go to PG or any of those other counties, you will regret big time.

Come on now, Miss Lucky, is that really fair ? I know of several special needs children thriving in the PG County School System, and I know of at least 2 children not getting the accommodations they need in MoCo. So doesn't it depend really on the child and the services they require ? The mother indicated that the child has mild Asperger's so the accommodations may be quite different that a child with severe Autism or sensory processing issues. I personally know a 2nd grader with mild Asperger's at University Park Elementary who is making tremenduous strides.

In general, I think it's more helpful to talk in specifics and not generalizations :-)

To the OP, I imagine that it would be nice for your family to live so close to your husband's work. University Park is also a VERY close and tight-knit community with a lot of spirit where the neighbors know each other. That type of support is not necessarily found in all neighborhoods and might be nice to have in a new place and with a special needs child.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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Thank you to all who replied. And thank you Scrapper for your thoughtfulness. I am in town now so I will definitely drive around these areas and look around.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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Come on now, Miss Lucky, is that really fair ? I know of several special needs children thriving in the PG County School System, and I know of at least 2 children not getting the accommodations they need in MoCo. So doesn't it depend really on the child and the services they require ? The mother indicated that the child has mild Asperger's so the accommodations may be quite different that a child with severe Autism or sensory processing issues. I personally know a 2nd grader with mild Asperger's at University Park Elementary who is making tremenduous strides.

In general, I think it's more helpful to talk in specifics and not generalizations :-)

To the OP, I imagine that it would be nice for your family to live so close to your husband's work. University Park is also a VERY close and tight-knit community with a lot of spirit where the neighbors know each other. That type of support is not necessarily found in all neighborhoods and might be nice to have in a new place and with a special needs child.
Eh.

It's very strange that you're arguing about this. I mean, it would make sense if we were debating between MontCo and say Fairfax or Howard, but PG?? You must be kidding me.

Anyways, OP, why don't you see for yourself here:

Top 10 Best Maryland State Elementary Schools - MD School Rankings

Uhmm.. and here:
Bottom 10 Worst Maryland State Elementary Schools - MD School Rankings

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Old 11-19-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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Oh, and by the way, University Park Elementary ranks 416 out of 833 elementary schools. I guess that's pretty good for PG.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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Eh.

It's very strange that you're arguing about this. I mean, it would make sense if we were debating between MontCo and say Fairfax or Howard, but PG?? You must be kidding me.

Anyways, OP, why don't you see for yourself here:

Top 10 Best Maryland State Elementary Schools - MD School Rankings

Uhmm.. and here:
Bottom 10 Worst Maryland State Elementary Schools - MD School Rankings
Yes. Let's play spin the data from Schooldigger.com. In the top 10 list, while PG is not there, MoCo elementaries comprise a whopping two spots, near the bottom of the top 10. Several of "all those other counties" (other than PG) are higher ranked. And, in reference to your other post about University Park Elementary, are you aware that there are several MoCo elementaries that rank BELOW that? I mean, as low as the 600s and 700s? On the same website you cited?

The issue is not whether MoCo schools are better than PG. Yes, the MoCo schools are ranked higher. The point that scrapper was making was that it is still possible for a disabled child to get a good education in a PG elementary school. University Park elementary may rank 416, but that's at the halfway mark. And yes, it's pretty good compared to the all the other schools (including some from MoCo) that rank below it.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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Yes. Let's play spin the data from Schooldigger.com. In the top 10 list, while PG is not there, MoCo elementaries comprise a whopping two spots, near the bottom of the top 10.
In the top 10 list??? PG has a "whopping" two spots in the top 100 list. 43 and 86, no kidding. MontCo on the other hand has "just" 25 spots in the same list.
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Several of "all those other counties" (other than PG) are higher ranked.
Exactly why I said I can understand an argument between MontCo and other top counties, but not PG.
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And, in reference to your other post about University Park Elementary, are you aware that there are several MoCo elementaries that rank BELOW that? I mean, as low as the 600s and 700s? On the same website you cited?
Oh yes, I'm very aware there are few that rank lower than that school. The first lowest MontCo school ranks at 751. Do you want to know how many PG county schools rank below that?? A whopping 38!

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The issue is not whether MoCo schools are better than PG. Yes, the MoCo schools are ranked higher. The point that scrapper was making was that it is still possible for a disabled child to get a good education in a PG elementary school. University Park elementary may rank 416, but that's at the halfway mark. And yes, it's pretty good compared to the all the other schools (including some from MoCo) that rank below it.
Do you even have a child with special needs to begin with, because if you don't then you really have no basis to make an argument that PG can provide the same quality for special needs as MoCo. In MontCo, special needs children have their own classrooms and are grouped according to their needs i.e. non-verbal autistic of same age group have their own classrooms, and so do verbal autistic children and Asperger's. This is not the case in PG County, sorry. I'm really surprised that Scrapper's friend's child was apparently not accomodated there and moving to PG was the solution. I mean, we all know that living in MontCo can be expensive, so perhaps s/he just moved for financial reasons and didn't want to share that with Scrapper, because the other reason just doesn't make any sense.

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Old 11-19-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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University Park elementary may rank 416, but that's at the halfway mark. And yes, it's pretty good compared to the all the other schools (including some from MoCo) that rank below it.
My son's school is in the top 30 so I hope you can understand where I'm coming from.
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