I live in Newburgh, NY and moved from Yonkers where my daughter was in an advanced (gifted and talented) classroom since Pre-K learning at 1 year ahead of regular curriculum. We moved to acquire more space for our 3 children and there "is no space" in the program for 2nd grade-so she is sitting doing work that she learned in Kindergarten! (I have the notebooks!) My husband and I are super frustrated and will continue to push to get her either skipped or given work on her level. I don't even think they have science class! HELP!!!!!
Don't know the regulations in NY, but in MN we can switch to schools outside of our district. Perhaps you need to switch to a new school who has the room to work with your daughter...
You need to talk to the school, about testing your child out of this grade. If they will not listen go to the school board, about changing schools. Where i live if the public school can not provide what your child requires you can waiver out to a different school.
Sorry to hear that your daughter has to go through this. However it is always WISE to check out the school your children are to attend BEFORE you enroll them. Being an educator, it is very difficult sometimes to differentiate instruction when majority of the class is on the same level. I encourage you to find the appropriate school for your daughter. The idea of skipping grades has always received a negative response from me. While your child may be ahead academically, to put them a grade ahead suggests that they have matured mentally and socially. Which in most cases lead not to be true. It is important to know that a lot of skills are taught on given grade levels and your child could miss those important and vital skills if they are skipped to the next grade. I don't agree giving your child Kindergarten work but I do think that you should investigate more into the school you've chosen and thoroughy search for the school that will best suit the needs of your child. Good Luck!
The school can't make your daughter repeat a grade. Now if she's supposed to be in first grade, then that's what grade she should be in. If she's supposed to be in second grade, then that's what grade she should be in. Going to school is a social experience as well as a knowledge experience. There's more to it than learning to read and write, like learning how to interact with others, how to sit still and listen. I understand that your daughter is smart academically, but she may not be mature enough to be in second grade. If she's bored, check into private schools in your area that could stimulate her mind more.
Loud mom of 2 loud boys ages 10 & 7.
I know it can be hard to differentiate, but there ought to be a way to get parents the tools to differntiate themselves then. My child is in a class where she is REPEATING everything from last year and I just get tol, oh well, you know, different classes. I'm LIVID. If I could get the textbook at home then we could move ahead (and along with the OTHER 2nd grade class) but for an educator to basically say, your child is out of luck because we happened to place her in this class, to me is unconscionable.
My son was extremely academically advanced, but because his birthday was in October, he was was not allowed to start school with most of his friends. The school told us that they couldn't meet his needs, so we ended up homeschooling him. In 8th grade, we found the A Beka School in FL and he has been a video student since. They tested him and placed him a grade ahead, even in their advanced curriculum. I have now found out that here in GA, a gifted child has to be covered under the special education department and therefore, the school cannot refuse to do whatever is required to meet your child's academic needs. Hope this will help. (And if your child has older siblings, don't worry that they are not mature enough to skip one grade.)
Last edited by gamomof5; 10-15-2009 at 03:20 AM.