Special Education at OSA

My daughter has ADHD and is on the spectrum. She is highly creative and loves drawing more than anything, plus she's gifted in language and storytelling. She currently receives a variety of special education interventions at her elementary school including social groups with the SLP, math support, and help with executive function. If you have experience with special education at Oakland School of the Arts, was it positive? negative?  please share!

Thank you.

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Our son is in the 7th grade at OSA and has an IEP (sounds similar to your daughter).  He started last year, which was mostly virtual, but there was some in-person learning at the end of the year. We have been happy so far, but it’s a little early to tell if he’ll get all the support he needs. I will say that there are many kids at OSA with IEPs and there is a strong community of parents with special needs there. OSA believes strongly in full inclusion, which appeals to us, but may not be a fit for all kids.  

Good luck in making your decision!

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They try! My kid has an IEP, has ADHD, dyslexia, and the executive functioning is really challenging. Currently in 11th grade there, and started in 9th. The one semester they were on campus the support seemed good. During distance learning it was abysmal. As for this year, it's too early to tell, but in all honesty I haven't been super impressed with the support. That said — the school I believe is the best place for them. The focus on arts and inclusion and the ability to focus on something they are interested in seems to outweigh the lack of support.