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Old 04-07-2008, 07:47 PM
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Does anyone have information on how well City of Decatur school system serves kids who are, let's say, NOT so gifted? We are looking at moving into this area from Snellville (tired of the horrible commute to and from Emory). My ADHD son has been well-served by the Gwinnett Co. school system. I have read plenty on how well high achievers are served by the City of Decatur system, but not too much on how well they handle kids who struggle. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-08-2008, 08:09 AM
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I have kids in the Decatur system. They do not have the resources that Gwinnett has, but I think that they do a pretty good job with what they have in grades K-3, particularly at Oakhurst b/c they have a really great pull out teacher. However, I think things tend to go downhill for special needs kids as they get into 4th grade and particularly at the middle school. Then, once they get to high school, things imrpove b/c CSD has a lot of safety nets and special programs in place to catch kids who are falling behind. They are very focused on graduating everyone.

Keep in mind that the pedagogy for K-3 in Decatur is Expeditionary Learning and in 4-8 is International Baccalaureate. I would google these terms so you can learn more about them and see if they are suitable for your child. It seems to me that EL in particular might be a good fit for an ADHD kid if they can work well in groups with hands on, long term projects. It's a lot less boring than the typical worksheet/drill method of teaching so it might keep his interest more. IB is actually very similar to EL, except that there is a little more emphasis on individual projects and the expectations are a little more rigorous.

So, in short - they do a good job in K-3 - not as good in 4-8 and good again in 9-12. Now, I don't have kids with an IEP so I don't have first hand knowledge. I am giving an opinion based on what my friends with special needs kids have told me. Hopefully, someone in Decatur with a special needs kid will chime in here.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:27 PM
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Thanks so much for the great info! It would be great to hear from other parents of kids like mine in this school system.
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