posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 06:25 PM
reply to post by Germanicus
My son does Charter School. He is a kindergartener with SPD and it has worked WONDERS. At the beginning of the year, I did not know how I was going to
even make it work. Now he is on his last 7 weeks of school (packet period) and at the top of his class. He reads at a 4th grade level and absolutely
loves going to school. I credit that to the fact he does 2 days in class, 3 at home. He does not feel overwhelmed, we get all the support we need, and
learning is actually fun. The teacher at his school is very involved and the classes are small. The teachers have a little bit more liberty as well
and we can say things like "Easter" instead of "Spring Holiday".
Before we got accepted to the Charter School, we toured our neighborhood public school, which boasts themselves as the best in our entire county (San
Diego). I went in, preparing to be impressed, and walked away disgusted. The principal spent literally half of the orientation finger-wagging us, and
actually threatened to send the local police after us if we dare to try and go to their school while not living in the zone. He also made it clear he
would not tolerate absences in any way, and went on and on about school funding. Things went from bad to worse when we toured the kindergarten
classrooms. The assigned teacher, an exhausted older woman, had stacks of papers that said 1993 on them. It looked like a dump, she did not even want
to answer questions, and she yelled at a mother who dared to ask something she claims she already covered. It felt like a Twilight Zone.
I was so relieved when the Charter School called and offered us an opening.