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What to ask private schools if your child has an LD

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By Linda Broatch, M.A.

Step 3: Follow up with your chosen schools

Once you've determined which schools you will apply to, you'll undoubtedly want to ask more detailed or in-depth questions about what those schools offer. You might want to set up a grid that displays your eight to ten most important questions across the top, with the list of schools down the side.

Sample questions:

  • What are the major topics covered in each core subject during the year, and what print, audiovisual, or online materials will be used to teach them?
  • What is offered in the way of art, music, dance, and sports?
  • What percentage of the teachers is credentialed?
  • Is there a learning specialist on staff? If so, what are his or her qualifications?
  • What kinds of support or resources does the school offer parents?

Overall, your strategy for applying to private schools is to keep the maximum number of options open. Each school you consider will have its strengths and weaknesses, and your child may not get into his top choice. Hang on to your school information even after you've made your final decision. Often, after the school year begins, there are changes in enrollment, and previously closed options can open up again.

For the well-being of your child and family, try to keep the application process as positive and stress-free as possible. Focus on the steps you can take control of, and try not to view setbacks as a personal failure. This will make it easier to move forward with enthusiasm toward whatever choice your family eventually makes.

While we are pleased to present information and resources, it is against our policy to recommend or endorse any one specific individual, product, organization, or website. Because parents know their child best, they are the ones who determine the appropriateness of a school or provider based on a match of their child's needs, their own preferences, and the program or services offered. These questions are intended only as guidelines in the decision-making process.

Linda Broatch has worked for many years in nonprofit organizations that serve the health and education needs of children. She has an M.A. in education, with a focus in child development.


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