We're submitting an ammended list for Round II as we went 0 for 7 in Round I. As the importance of the wait list school increases (in my mind at least), we are gathering info and advice on schools that have outstanding caring environments for kids with special needs who are in the standard classroom setting. This would be reflected in staff who are not overburdened and overstressed with meeting the variety of needs and goals of their site. Staff with experience accomodating the classroom to meet the special needs of the children, and a principal who works well with teachers and parents in this area.
We are familiar with the schools in our geographic area that have RSP, Inclusion and Special Day Classes. The concern is how to identify that ONE wait list school that has the positive qualities referenced, AND to compare/contrast them with other high quality options . . . so that we feel good about the ammended list and also really dedicated to holding out through the summer for the wait list school. Our wait list candidates are: Fairmount, Alvarado (sp and ge) and Miraloma. The ammended list would include SF Community, Sunnyside, C. Sloate. This should give you an idea of the area of town we are in. BTW, Spanish immersion is REALLY important to us.
If you have knowledge/experience with these schools and/or kids with special needs, it would be great to hear your thoughts.
And, thanks to all for such a supportive and engaged community!