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Old 07-06-2011, 08:10 AM
Location: St. Louis
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Hi all,
It looks like there's a possibility that we'll be moving back to the Seattle area (Boeing)--we lived there for many years and left about 5 years ago, so we're familiar with the area, especially the Eastside (we lived in Newcastle, then the Maple Valley/Renton area).

Our concern now is which would be the best school for our son, who will be a Freshman this fall. He tests highly gifted, so he needs good programs for gifted kids. But I am equally, if not more, interested in the atmosphere of the schools. He's a wonderful kid, but a bit socially quirky (not a total weirdo--just a bit "different") and a tad hyperactive. He's been doing really well in school, but we're in a wonderful school district here (St. Louis suburbs), and we'd love to find something similar there. I'm looking for a high school with good ratings as far as behavior and drugs, supportive staff, a strong anti-bullying policy, and a positive student atmosphere . . . as well as good programs for a gifted kid. I know that's asking a lot , but that's what we have now in our local school. I know no school or student body is perfect, but I'd like to find one where a "different" kid won't be eaten alive . . .

We have always been attracted to the Issaquah area and are leaning that way, and I understand the schools there are quite good. We could look at other areas, like Bellevue, as well. Any feedback on any of those high schools? We don't want to go much farther north or east than those communities.

We're not too worried about neighborhood info--we're familiar enough with the area to sort that out. Our thought is to start with the school.

Thanks for any feedback!
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