Mainstream private MS for ASD

Anonymous
Any mainstream privates who may have spot open for 6th grade this Fall for DS with HFA and no behavior issues. He wanted to attend our local public MS, but now he's a little worried as we just found out that his 2 friends will not be there. They are basically his only friends, and he's pretty upset as one is moving overseas this summer and the other just told him he's going to go to private school (not sure which one but this kid is very bright so probably one that is competitive). My son is an average student whose main struggle is reading comprehension and slow processing speed, but he is doing great overall in public elementary school and makes mostly As. I realize it's very late to be applying now, but looking to see if there are any non-competitive schools with a nurturing environment which would have spots open. We are not interested in SN school as DS attended one for K and 1st and it was too restrictive with low academics and kids with distracting behaviors. He liked the public school curriculum and peers better.
Anonymous
Green Acres school.
Anonymous
Public MS
Anonymous
Please don't suggest public. DS is in public now, and we want to move to private option. Thank you to Pp for GA suggestion.
Anonymous
Hard to get a spot for 6th anywhere. You could try McLean School of Maryland. The accommodate learning differences, but tend to have kids with very mild issues only and they are considered more of a hybrid between mainstream and very mild SN.
Anonymous
Have you looked at Sycamore School or the New School in Virginia? You didn’t say where you were looking geographically.
Anonymous
Look at St. Andrews episcopal. It goes through high school, so if it's a good match, the bonus is you don't need to look for another placement in HS.
Anonymous
My autistic child did ok socially at Field -- it was a mostly inclusive environment. He needed more support academically than they were able to provide so it didn't work long term, but might work for your child if he needs less support.

Also look at Parkmont. It's a small SN-light school that also has NT peers.
Anonymous
Seems like a strange reason to move schools but also look at Burke.
Anonymous
Would he like Waldorf?
Anonymous
What about Barrie in Silver Spring or Sandy Springs?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Green Acres school.


We did Green Acres 6-8. We loved it. Every cohort is different but the kids in his grade were really welcoming.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:My autistic child did ok socially at Field -- it was a mostly inclusive environment. He needed more support academically than they were able to provide so it didn't work long term, but might work for your child if he needs less support.

Also look at Parkmont. It's a small SN-light school that also has NT peers.


How is Parkmont academically? What kind of kids go there? My impression is that it is more of an alternative school than a SN school. Which is fine for kids who need it, but still searching for that school for my kid who actually does well mainstreamed every way except academically.
Anonymous
The Newton School in Sterling. It has buses from North Arlington.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:My autistic child did ok socially at Field -- it was a mostly inclusive environment. He needed more support academically than they were able to provide so it didn't work long term, but might work for your child if he needs less support.

Also look at Parkmont. It's a small SN-light school that also has NT peers.


How is Parkmont academically? What kind of kids go there? My impression is that it is more of an alternative school than a SN school. Which is fine for kids who need it, but still searching for that school for my kid who actually does well mainstreamed every way except academically.


I'm not sure what you mean by the bolded -- not doing well academically is no small part of school!

My understanding of Parkmont is that its student population is mixed. It has some kids with autism/mild LDs and other kids who use the DC voucher to escape poor schools in DCPS.

But if your main focus is academic support/LDs, I agree that Parkmont wouldn't be the right choice. I would look at Lab and Siena for that.
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