View Full Version : Special Needs in Tennessee

02-08-2011, 09:22 PM
We recently moved to Tennessee due to a job transfer. Our son is significantly affected by Fragile X and Autism. Our local school system is dismal. I'm talking 1950's institutional bad. He has lost ground and we have reached a point where we really can't send him back. Aside from the lack of progress and services it breaks our heart and causes a great deal of anxiety that he has to spend his day in an environment like that. It is dirty and to call it chaotic would be a compliment. Fortunately we are in a position to move but won't be able to pursue that until the summer. There are no private schools in our community that will accept him. I don't work outside of the home, so homeschooling is an option for us.

We would like to find a secular umbrella school. So far we have learned about The Farm School but don't yet know if they work with special needs families. What other umbrella schools should we investigate? Any advice? Are we correct in assuming that some umbrella schools won't work with us?

Also, for those of you with special needs who have a child that is working significantly below grade level, how does that work as far as assessment / reporting with the umbrella school?

As you have probably figured out we are really in the beginning stages here and are almost clueless. Any advice or information you might provide would be GREATLY appreciated.

02-11-2011, 08:05 AM
Thanks for your reply Corrigan. We think The Farm School is probably going to work for us. This is an overwhelming decision but like most things, it gets easier as we learn more about the process and what our options are.