swellmomma Posted July 4, 2012 Share Posted July 4, 2012 This is starting to become an annual summer tradition. In my province children MUST be registered with a school board, either in ps or an approved homeschool one. We have been with a fabulous one but they are very hands off, which is good in someways but I wanted a different program for the older kids. Specifically for ds13. HE was supposed to do a special needs online/coorespondance hybrid course, which would have given him the transcript to get special needs supports in ps for high school. Well they determined his special needs were too severe to qualify and they sent us a retraction of acceptance letter. And said even though I could register my other kids in the parent directed program at that board I could not even register him that way I had to go elsewhere. So we returned the board we were with the year before and had another great year with them. They are a cool board in that they offer classical online classes but support unschooling so wholeheartedly that the bulk of families with them are unschoolers, even though they consider themselves a classical homeschool board. Anyway, this past spring I went to conference, talked with college admissions for several colleges etc and figured out what the kids need in high school, and what they needed to do to get there. So I again planned to register them with a new board in the fall. 1 that did Alberta curriculum online, so they were going to do 50% cyber school, and 50% do our own thing. Yesterday I received our rejection letter. Back in 5th grade we were with that board doing a similar program but not online. The facilitator was supposed to assign things, grade them etc. Well she never gave teh assignments, never took his IPP into account while grading etc, so at the end of grade 5 when she came to review them I did not have the samples she wanted in writing. He was assigned a D in Language arts. She wrote in his report card that he couldn't spell, had limted vocabulary, weak reading skills etc which was all false. I contacted the board, and supplied further samples showing he scored 100% on every spelling test, his grammar tests, the reading testing that was part of his disability testing etc. I conceded his composition was very weak, but the rest of his language arts skills were completely grade level. I also let them know about the lack of direction by the facilitator, that she had not been returning my calls during the year etc. Legally her job was to serve as teacher to that language arts class and she didn't fullfill that. The board was willing to have us back the next year for gr 6 but I switched gears and we went with the classical board and spent 2 years focusing on certain skills. So I thought nothing of it when I put in the applications for all 4 kids to that board for the fall. Well apparently due to that D and the write up the facilitator added to the file after the complaint was filed against her they deemed our family unacceptable for their school board and rejected us. It is starting to become an annual tradiitional of submit forms and get rejected. We will either go back witht he board we were with for the last 2 years or switch to one we were with years ago. At the least the one we were with years ago offers sports, and fieldtrips and community, whereas the one we were with for 2 years does not. Makes a difference when you are the only homeschooler in a town. I am going to love the day my kids get their diplomas, because I am going to send a copy to each of the boards that rejected us claiming the kids could not handle the program. I am going to send it to the Kindy teacher and principal that said ds13 was unteachable and to just make him literate and leave him be. In the meantime time to decide which board to go with instead and plan next year from there. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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