I need some wisdom here.
While DD has not been formally labeled as gifted, I'm pretty confident that she's in the moderately to highly gifted range. She'll be 5 this summer, which makes her eligible for kindergarten this coming fall. I haven't done a ton of research until recently since I've always planned on homeschooling her, but I can't get DH on board and I don't think it's something I can embark on without his support. We're visiting the neighborhood public school this week, and I wanted to know if anyone has any advice about questions to ask to help us see if we can make this school work for DD. As background, DD is extroverted but very anxious, and is pretty much a textbook "highly sensitive" kid. She's extremely sensitive to anything she perceives as criticism and still pretty frequently has totally extreme meltdowns. She gets completely overwhelmed by large groups of people she doesn't know. She's never been to any sort of preschool or other class without me there because even talking about it has always made her anxious, and she currently insists that she's not going to kindergarten because she would miss me and her baby brother too much. The district puts a lot of curriculum information online, and it will really all be review except the handwriting, which she hates. So, basically, I want to know how to find out if the school can be an okay fit for my special snowflake without being all "DD is a special snowflake."