I have to say I am so glad to have found this forum. It is nice to see an active gifted forum on a parenting site. Other sites I belong too or have in the past belonged to have spaces, but no threads or posts.
I have one daughter in 2nd grade. She is gifted, dyslexic, and has ADHD. She's just a little on the extreme of the spectrum in so many areas
We are in the process of evaluating different options for her education including enrichment/supplementation while we continue sending her to her current private school, public school, and homeschooling.
She has been tested for acceptance into the Seattle public schools advanced learning program and we are awaiting the results. Seattle's evaluation process includes teacher evaluations, CoGAT, and achievement scores (WASC or Iowa Basic). She took the CoGAT and met that "threshold" and so took the Iowa Basic. We are still awaiting the results of that assessment.
Even if she does not meet the criteria for the public school gifted program, we are still considering sending her to public school due to the wide array of services they provide and just all the resources they have. On the other hand, we love her school. It is our parish and her school and the benefits of the amazing community she belongs to are not something you can quantify on a test. But she is one of those kids who will keep in step with other kids in her grade. For example, she can read a book but because the 7th/8th graders are reading that book in her school, she puts it aside. Drives me crazy! The teacher has also noted that she changes her language and behaviour depending upon who she is with. She has pretty much made it clear to me that she does not want to be different in any way. So, being in an environment where her skill level is the norm could be a much better place for her. She does continue to have behavioural issues, but they have gotten so much better over time and with treatment of ADHD. She gets bored and shuts down.
We are definitely going to continue sending her to either public or her current school for this next school year but will evaluate if homeschooling is the best choice over the year as well.
I'd love to read about your journeys and any advice on schooling, etc. so will continue to peruse the forum.
Thanks for reading!