Private elementary for ASD?

Anonymous
If expressive and receptive skills and academics are all largely age appropriate, I'd say Maddux, Diener, or Auburn. If more academic needs I would look at KTS.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:What about McLean?


They do not take kids with ASD.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Small public neighborhood ES with an IEP is really your best bet. If your kid is really bright and doesn't have any behaviors, you can apply to some low key parochial schools but they might not want or feel like they can support ASD. If you are talking about other privates, your child will not be accepted if you disclose ASD.


OP here. Our elementary is not small. 27 kids per K class. PEP in same school is very loosey goosey about IEP implementation. They are friendly kindly people who are doing absolute minimum effort. I am not willing to keep going with this MCPS charade until 2nd grade when they can no longer pretend that everything is fine and I will be kicking myself and scrambling to remediate.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Small public neighborhood ES with an IEP is really your best bet. If your kid is really bright and doesn't have any behaviors, you can apply to some low key parochial schools but they might not want or feel like they can support ASD. If you are talking about other privates, your child will not be accepted if you disclose ASD.


Not true, there’s plenty of kids with mild ASD in mainstream privates and the more you disclose upfront the better off your kid will be. Hiding things will only come back to bite you. PP should just look for a small ratio mainstream private for now…see how it goes. We have a child similar profile also going into K and we’re waiting for March 1st decisions!
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Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:Small public neighborhood ES with an IEP is really your best bet. If your kid is really bright and doesn't have any behaviors, you can apply to some low key parochial schools but they might not want or feel like they can support ASD. If you are talking about other privates, your child will not be accepted if you disclose ASD.


Not true, there’s plenty of kids with mild ASD in mainstream privates and the more you disclose upfront the better off your kid will be. Hiding things will only come back to bite you. PP should just look for a small ratio mainstream private for now…see how it goes. We have a child similar profile also going into K and we’re waiting for March 1st decisions!

which ones did you apply for?
Anonymous
OP, based on your description, I’m not sure why you would pay 40k a year for the most restrictive environment. Why would he get more attention in that situation? Surely they will focus more on the kids who need more instruction in behavior, social skills, academics. If he has mild to mild/moderate needs in social skills, and other kids have equal to more needs, how does that benefit your son? Even if there is another peer or two on your son’s level, what if they just don’t like each other? That’s the benefit to a larger pool in public. Or a mainstream private; I’m not sure about those.
Anonymous
To Pp who applied for mainstream privates and disclosed ASD, please come back and let us know where DC gets accepted. I'm very doubtful that any mainstream private will accept a kid with that diagnosis.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:To Pp who applied for mainstream privates and disclosed ASD, please come back and let us know where DC gets accepted. I'm very doubtful that any mainstream private will accept a kid with that diagnosis.


Not the PP, but my autistic child was accepted to Field (pre covid, under the former HoS). We were very open, including sharing neuropsych and IEP (coming from public). Despite being accepted, it wasn't a good experience and I don't recommend it (at least if your child needs the level of academic support that my child needs).
Anonymous
What accommodations does your child have right now in their current setting?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:To Pp who applied for mainstream privates and disclosed ASD, please come back and let us know where DC gets accepted. I'm very doubtful that any mainstream private will accept a kid with that diagnosis.


Not the PP, but my autistic child was accepted to Field (pre covid, under the former HoS). We were very open, including sharing neuropsych and IEP (coming from public). Despite being accepted, it wasn't a good experience and I don't recommend it (at least if your child needs the level of academic support that my child needs).

NP. Did you shift to public, and if so would you be able to share where you went? I have a HFA kid who will enter K this fall. She didn’t qualify for county services but has a private ABA shadow in daycare for social skills. We are looking to move now and targeting the W schools but we are open to other possibilities too.
Anonymous
Some mainstreams are a possibility but it rarely works out that well. We went that way—not sure I’d recommend. There will be some “behaviors” at the kind of mainstream school open minded enough to take a kid with ASD. Lots of kids with ADHD who can be boisterous for example.

The honest truth is there may be no good option at any price. Just get through elementary however you can.


Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:Small public neighborhood ES with an IEP is really your best bet. If your kid is really bright and doesn't have any behaviors, you can apply to some low key parochial schools but they might not want or feel like they can support ASD. If you are talking about other privates, your child will not be accepted if you disclose ASD.


OP here. Our elementary is not small. 27 kids per K class. PEP in same school is very loosey goosey about IEP implementation. They are friendly kindly people who are doing absolute minimum effort. I am not willing to keep going with this MCPS charade until 2nd grade when they can no longer pretend that everything is fine and I will be kicking myself and scrambling to remediate.


I wouldn’t assume you will have to remediate. Not that much academic learning happens in early elementary.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:To Pp who applied for mainstream privates and disclosed ASD, please come back and let us know where DC gets accepted. I'm very doubtful that any mainstream private will accept a kid with that diagnosis.


Not the PP, but my autistic child was accepted to Field (pre covid, under the former HoS). We were very open, including sharing neuropsych and IEP (coming from public). Despite being accepted, it wasn't a good experience and I don't recommend it (at least if your child needs the level of academic support that my child needs).

NP. Did you shift to public, and if so would you be able to share where you went? I have a HFA kid who will enter K this fall. She didn’t qualify for county services but has a private ABA shadow in daycare for social skills. We are looking to move now and targeting the W schools but we are open to other possibilities too.


No, we shifted to a SN private, but this was for HS, so not helpful for you.

Over the years, DC has been in SN privates, public with IEP, and mainstream private. By far our best experience has been with SN privates. Yes, there are students who need more support in some areas than my child and my child needs more support in other areas. But there's an understanding of the need for support and flexibility that mainstream privates don't have. And for us, public school was just too big, which even a robust IEP wasn't able to change.
Anonymous
Maddux and KTS have kids with disruptive behaviors but the teachers are able to handle those behaviors without disruption to the other students. Is that what you are talking about? Even mainstream schools have kids with disruptive behaviors.

Try some of the more progressive schools like Green Acres, Oneness, GDS. We know kids with special needs who have gone to all of these. I don't know if ASD was one of the diagnoses. I think these kids had anxiety/ADHD and possibly an LD, but it shouldn't really matter because the challenges we heard about from the parents seem similar to your child's in terms of needing more social support.
Anonymous
There are always a few kids at every mainstream private with SN. Sometimes they are apparent at application but sometimes not. Landon has a number in DC's grade.
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