My 11 year old Asperger son went to Waller as a 5th grader, and will be returning for 6th. My favorite thing about Waller was his Teacher Mrs. Gackenbauck. She has a heart of gold and very experienced with children with special needs. What I do not like about this school is that they mixed childen who have mental behavioral issues with children who have environment behavior issues in the same classrooms. Also this school really needs a makeover it is run down on the out side and inside. But the stragies that they use (going up in levels and reward store) is a great touch.
My 10-year old son has had a very poor school experience before Waller. Now he actually likes school. He says there are lots of activities. Math is his problem area. He now proclaims that math is okay because they do 'fun math'. When asked what that meant, he indicated that he actually to use math in activities where he gets to move around and interact with other peers. He actually measures things, counts things, and uses math manipulatives in play. The low ratio of teacher to student has helped. The tight structure works for him although he'd never admit it. He does homework. For him, that is real progress. Most importantly he loves his male teacher. That teacher really gets through to him. We are really involved parents, and the school has accommodated that. They have on-campus therapy.