New site so I can't physically visit the school until September but we went to the 'main' school (they have 7 sites). They explained their program and everything sounds ok. He got 6:1:1 but they said depending on whether or not any of the other kids need a para there may be more people in the room. Chris did not get a para on his IEP. We're ok with this for now.
The school we went to was a high school. I didn't actually realize we were in a high school until they specifically mentioned it. I thought we were in an elementary school. The room we were sitting in had activities and PECS stuff around the room, shapes on the wall, the sort of stuff I thought (maybe incorrectly) you'd see in an elementary school grade level room. And then she said 'high school' and then we took a tour of the school and a lot of the kids didn't seem very high functioning and it was - unsettling. I know I probably seem judgmental. DS said I was being a bit harsh but I couldn't help how unsettled I was by the whole visit. I found myself thinking "Chris can function much higher than this" but then also thinking "or am I just fooling myself?" And then reminding myself this wasn't where he was going to go to school but also thinking these are the kids that come through their program from grammar school and "what does this mean for my Chris?"
To this point, all we've ever heard is that he's high functioning but then I go here and I'm thinking "this isn't high functioning".
I think I'm being unfair and I'm a jumble of emotions right now. I think I just need to breathe because another part of it is that he's going to a real school now, far away from home, with other kids, big kids and I'm not ready for that.
And work sucks.
Back to it now.