chloesha (chloesha) wrote in sped_mama,

I should be doing laundry or packing...

I finally got my hands on an accessibility study conducted on our school district a couple of years ago. Out of approximately 35 elementary schools, 15 of them are inaccessible. So it's just my luck that our new home school is inaccessible, just like the old one. The second closest school is also multiple stories without an elevator. These are two of the best schools in the district. The closest school that is accessible is mediocre. So while the district may believe that having 58% of their elementary schools accessible is laudable, they often end up removing kids from their neighborhoods and sending them to less desirable schools. School choice for kids with disabilities is further diminished by the practice of consolidating kids at schools that have segragated life skills classes.

With that in mind I have just cross-referenced every accessible elementary school within a four mile radius of our new house with their great schools ratings and state assessments and narrowed the list down to four schools I'd be willing to send H to. Now, getting H into a good school doesn't guarantee that he'll get a good education, especially if they are not supportive or are inexperienced with inclusion. However, you've got to start somewhere and I've decided I'm going to start with schools in reasonable proximity to our home, with philosophies I can get behind, and with an active and diverse community of parents.

Wish me luck! And yes, I know it's January and the new school year doesn't begin for 8 months, but the transfer application process begins in February and ends in March.
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