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Old 04-12-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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Hi. We are probably moving to Austin this summer. We have 2 kids in Kindergarten who have special needs but they go to a normal kindergarten classroom 70% of the time since they are in a wonderful inclusive education program here in The Woodlands Texas area. Does anybody know what would be the best public school district that has a good reputation for its inclusive/special education? or is there a famous elementary school for its inclusive education program?

Thanks in advance to whoever answers me back. I will apprciate so much any information regarding this matter.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:31 PM
 
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Good luck. Not sure AISD is a good pick as tight budgets are creating a squeeze.

I hear GREAT things about St. Francis....a private school.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Both Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD are good at inclusion and both seem to be really good in certain areas and not others. I know lots of parents that moved from RRISD to Leander ISD and are happy that they did. At the same time however budgets cuts are coming so not real sure how it is all going to play out.(son has aspergers,extreme adhd,dysgraphia,irlen syndrome) We are in Leander ISD and we are mainstream advance in some areas but Leander has SCSS (social communication support services) for the kiddos at some schools and its a great program for us and fits what we needed!

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:10 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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Since you are already in Texas, you should ask the folks at your current district in the Woodlands, they should be able to help you or least provide a start. Then, start calling schools and ask to speak to the 504 coordinator and see what they say.

You don't provide much detail but I know of several families with kids on the autism spectrum who were wary of AISD at first -- but now that they have tried the district (can't remember which specific schools, sorry) they RAVE about their positive experiences.

I think that Maplewood Elementary, Matthews, and Zilker in AISD are the schools I hear about most often with when it comes to inclusion of kids with fairly serious disabilities.

good luck!
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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I have been in two schools in AISD that seem excellent in that area, Kiker and Clayton, but I don't have direct experience. I have heard good things about both. The principal at Kiker seemed particularly engaged in programs in that school and very supportive of that area.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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My daughter is in special ed in Leander ISD (Steiner Ranch Elem) and they have done a wonderful job working with her. Very inclusive.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yes, as a person with Apserger's Syndrome, I can say that RRISD and LISD are excellent choices for special education/inclusion. Graduated from McNeil High School in 2005, although they have since cut the Autism program there, due to budget cuts, but the districts, as wholes, tend to be geared towards accommodations for special needs kids. Couple of my friends are elementary teachers, who have worked with children with ASD, so they are experienced somewhat.
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