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Should we switch schools?

I have  multi-gifted(actually,Ihave 2) middle school-aged children and I am racking my brains to find an appropriate placement that can meet all,or most of his needs. He is 11 years old(jan 3) and in the 6th grade.His average is about 99 plus, however he is in a catholic school where he is chastised and ostricised for his academic achievements and I am told that he is not neat enough.He needs to find a scool where he can excel and his academic achievements recognized.where he can learn that adults are not all cruel and disrespectful to children. that children can be heard and not only seen. please help if you can! I'm at my wits end!
In Topics: Choosing a school, My gifted child
> 60 days ago

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lkauffman
Jan 15, 2008
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What the Expert Says:

Hi Yvette,

It sounds like things have been tough for you and your son at the current school. It also seems like you have exhausted your options at his current school. Is that right? Have you been fighting the good fight there for quite some time? If this is a relatively new development, you might consider going back to his teacher and trying to better understand issues/concerns about his neatness.

Take a look at the following article for tips on communicating with your son's teacher:
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Parent_Communication/

However, if you have determined that there is no future for your son at his current school, you should start researching alternatives. You mention that your son is currently in a Catholic school. Do you have a preference for religious-based instruction? If so, you can simply research other religious-based schools in the area. If you are considering other kinds of school settings, you could pursue other academically rigorous private schools in the area. He might be well served in an academic setting in which achievement is valued and emphasized (and required for enrollment!). Of course, I have heard that these sort of environments can be equally intense because of the focus on schoolwork.

Thus, you might start by talking with your son to get a better sense of his hopes and wishes for school. After taking your finances and beliefs regarding different kinds of instruction, you can seek out schools in the area that might be a good fit.

Public School Search
http://www.publicschoolreview.com/

Private School Search
http://www.privateschoolreview.com/zipsearch.php

Good luck!

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