difficult child has had an IEP, been in Special Education for a few years. Brought up by school. More of "do this or else" type of thing. difficult child has improved so much this year. More the last few weeks than the last few years. The High School decision must be made in a week or so. Again he just turned 13, I am afraid going to the district high school of 3000+ he will get lost in the cracks. He wants a specialty school. It is hard work. AP classes. A pre engineering high school. Special Education program director said we will sit down in the spring and decide whether we will continue with transition or go off IEP completely out of sp ed. What he DOES use is the opportunity to use the computer for writing assignments. He also does use the "cool off" pass. He hasn't had an outburst or raised his voice in a long time. (lol...long time is different time frame when talking of difficult child's) He can recognize the onset of anxiety and anger. this is very good. He knows how to handle himself appropriately. He had asked himself if he could not be in spec. ed any longer. Even though he is with general education kids, honors classes he still has the special accomodations at times. i mentioned to him what the program director said. He is now worried about High school and the opportunity to use the computer. Also can a specialty "choice" high school refuse you if you have an IEP? they only accept so many kids. Based on grades, academic as well as behavior levels. That scares me. will he be rejected because of past issues? We want a fresh start. How do you get that if you have to go over all the previous issues? How do you not go over that information when trying to get him into this school? I am feeling lost. Open houses, applications begin next week.