We have our official IEP meeting next week but I spoke with the teacher today and she said that the school's plan was to have the first half of the meeting where we set goals and related services and then suspend the meeting so I would have a chance to hear their arguments both for and against two different placement options and then be able to go and see them both. The top two options for next year are the ED and Learning Disability (LD) self-contained rooms. Both classrooms have good staff and supportive admins (per several parents and current teacher). 1. ED Self-Contained Pros: able to handle behavior issues Cons: academically at 5th-8th grade level (Tigger is at 2nd-3rd) about 30 minutes away by car, so 45-60 by bus?? possible bullies in room Kids: most kids with mental illness or other emotional issues 2. Learning Disability (LD) Self-Contained Pros: local school with neighborhood kids Tigger's choice Cons: academically at K-1st grade level Kids: most kids with higher functioning Down Syndrome Tigger's behavior issues have become only a small part of his school experience but he could still have meltdowns and needs staff that can follow a BIP. While both rooms have kids with BIPs, the ED room has every kid with a BIP. The whole 'mainstreaming push' has really eliminated the options for kids like Tigger as kids at his academic level are expected to be mainstreamed for half the day and in sped classrooms just for reading and math. I'm leaning toward the Learning Disability (LD) room because 1. Tigger wants to stay at the local school. 2. Hopefully less aggressive/bullying classmates 3. More focus on academics rather than behaviors Just brainstorming here...maybe place Tigger in the Learning Disability (LD) room and then have him go to the 'higher' sped room for math? I am going to go and observe both classrooms and interview both teachers and social workers before I have to express a preference. I get the impression that the school will go with my preference as they aren't 100% wedded to keeping him on the ED track, but I think that would be their default if I told them to choose.