School for "nerdy" boy?
I have a 6th grader who is a bright, good student; self-motivated, tests above average in everything. But he's "nerdy." Socially awkward, loves to be silly, even when other kids don't. Really wants to be "one of the guys", but is usually a step behind, a step ahead, or just a step away from the group. He loves sports, chess, science, & Pokemon. He's chubby & has braces. He is also kind, sensitive, thoughtful, and a great ally. But several kids in his Berkeley public middle school are systematically tearing him apart and breaking him down, day by day. Never has he been picked on or bullied like he is now, and my enthusiastic kid is turning into one who hates school. We have spoken with the teacher and counselor, but my kid is reluctant to complain. I can understand that he doesn't want to be a snitch. Any suggestions? Is there a (public or private) school where avid learners are appreciated and encouraged (even by their peers), and where social awkwardness is ok, and tolerated, or even accepted as a norm? I'm reading lately about bullying incidents in kids as young as 11, where they turn to suicide after months/years of nastiness by peers. I don't want my son to even need to think about that as an option. Thanks.