Originally Posted by deesmomma
She does have to take a placement test though, and I'm pretty anxious about that.
I'm sure it varies from school to school, but when my DDs started school after homeschooling, the schools just wanted a general idea of their math and reading levels, and if there were any glaring issues that might warrent extra help. Both my DDs enjoyed their assessments.
For my DD who started school younger, she read to the evaluator, filled in a page of math, and wrote a couple of sentences. They chatted a little about what DD likes to do. I was concerned because we were very relaxed homeschoolers, but DD did fine.
My other DD went into middle school and was given a computerized test. She did fine as well.
The school staff people doing the tests were super nice.
|The fact that she's ADHD and has never had to adhere to a strict schedule is not helping my anxiety.
Is she officially ADHD? Have you talked to the school about this?
She can have a 504 Plan to make her school day work better for her. It is easier to get and to modify a 504 Plan than an IEP (my DD with high functioning autism has a 504).
It may take a little while to figure out exactly what accommodations she needs to be successful, but schools really are used to kids who are different and truly want to help them suceed.
If she hasn't been officially dx with ADHD, then I'd get the ball rolling for an eval.
School can be wonderful for kids. We've had very positive experiences. My social DD has far more friends since starting school and has really blossomed. My special needs DD now has an entire team of people helping her, not just me. It's been the best thing for both of them.