I was fortunate enough to have great support from this school district as we moved into it. The Autism coordinator for the district ,emailed me back from her family vacation in the Grand Canyon asking me to immediately send her my son's IEP so she could see if our neighborhood school could handle it. When she saw it could not, she directed us to Bell Prairie. Since then, I found the special education staff at Bell Prairie to be on their game, taking the initiative to give help and suggestions, great with daily communications even sending and posting pics of the accomplishments that my son does during the day. They work well with the gen ed staff. In my son's case, the kindergarten teacher herself had once been a para in the autism room and the the staff works together beautifully to get the most out of the gen ed time for my son. His teacher prepped his kindergarten class to understand him without violating his privacy or state laws and had his class supporting him and making him feel loved and part of the group.
Long story short, They are a great team!!!! I truly appreciate everything they are doing for him.
Bell Prairie is an amazing school with amazing teachers. Our principal is a quiet, gentle woman whose calm personality is reflected in the entire school. Prior to Bell Prairie being built, my children attended another local school and I always found it a bit loud and crazy when I went there for anything. I think Bell Prairie is a wonderful school especially for shy or quiet children who may feel overwhelmed with a loud, seemingly unorganized school. We feel blessed that it was built so near our home!
Two years ago My husband and I began looking at houses in the Staley Farm area. The elementary school is Bell Prairie for this subdivision. We arranged a tour of the school as we have twin boys who were on the cusp of starting kindergarten. Bell Prairie is a beautiful school with a roof top garden and lots of natural light. It would be a nice museum but is a terrible elementary school. The teachers I met were politely cool. A couple even asked where my husband was employed at (a professor at UMKC in the Bio-Chemistry department. I'm sure the sporting of the the converses by the DOCTOR but them off a bit.) The principal was cold and uncaring. I am thrilled we took a tour! We also toured Nashua before deciding on Fox Hill, only two miles away from Bell Prairie but so much friendlier with students and learning involved. All that glitters is not gold.
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