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Old 01-03-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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hi, we have been year for about year and half in SW Littelton. My daughter is having a hard time with school. She is about to start high school and we are looking for some alternative high school. She has a hard time with homework and I am tired of the battles.
We are completely open to moving esp to a place with a little more diversity.
I was wondering if anyone had some thoughts on these schools: Jefferson County Open School, CO Finest Alternative High School ot Catalyst Alternative High School.
Of course, I am open to suggestions.
Thanks
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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I've heard great things about the Open School. Maybe visiting them would help you get a feel for them.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the sarcasm but with a teenager daughter. I have plenty of that at home.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:53 PM
 
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Although Dave Barnes is a little brusque, I do agree with him on this. Have you found out why she's struggling in her current school? Some kids with ADD/ADHD have a hard time completing (and turning in) their homework. Before you start looking to move her, you need to know what's going on. A school with "more diversity" may not be the answer unless you can solve what's causing her problems.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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I've heard great things about the Open School. Maybe visiting them would help you get a feel for them.
Thanks. I do have an appt set with them.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Hello,

I have been in secondary education for the last 20 years. My biggest problem with middle school is the fact that no matter what a child does, he/she is passed on to the next grade. However, if the lessons were not learned, the child struggles even more. It is important to get to the root of the problem with your daughter. Schedule an appointment with her teachers and counselor to figure out what is going on. High school grades count. There is no automatic promotion; high school students earn credit. If they fail, they will not progress towards graduation.

Alternative high schools do serve a purpose, but I have never seen a student go straight from 8th grade to an alternative high school. A traditional high school is usually first.

Your daughter is a teen, that means everything is someone else's fault. The teacher hates her and won't help her. The other kids are stuck up, mean, disruptive, etc. What it sounds like is that you want a high school that she will graduate from without having to do any homework. That high school doesn't exist.

Good luck with your daughter. Stay the course. Keep pushing her. She will thank you when she's older.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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Or, traditional schooling is just not a good fit for her and maybe she is one of the many kids who would thrive in a different type of educational environment.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Or, traditional schooling is just not a good fit for her and maybe she is one of the many kids who would thrive in a different type of educational environment.
This is entirely possible. However, we don't know this until she tries. There is a difference between can't and won't.

A child who can't succeed in a traditional school has exhausted all options and still has problems. I don't get a sense of this from the OP.

A child who won't succeed in a traditional school has the ability to succeed but not the will. These kids are wanting to skate through life taking the path of least resistance.

It is important to identify which kind of child the OP's daughter is. Putting a child into an alternative school just so she can have the easy way out does that child a disservice.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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There are many different models of education used all over the world. What we refer to as a traditional education is an education based on the Prussian Model. This is the most common style of education offered in schools in the US today. I think it's a mistake to confuse "common" with "superior". This traditional model may be a good fit for many but it's not for everyone.

I strongly disagree that choosing an alternative model, when the traditional model is not working, is allowing the child to take the easy way out. I think it's a mistake to assume that alternative models are easier then traditional models. Alternative education is different from traditional education. "Different" is not the equivalent of "easier".
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