I have never posted on this forum before, always on the General. My son has been homeschooled for the past two years. He had lots of problems in public school and I removed him almost 2 years ago because I could see he was going to end up in jail. My hope was that if given a year or two to mature he would be able to cope better should he ever re-enter the school system. But the homeschooling didn't work. It was a constant battle to get him to do the work. And he ended up home alone so much because I am a single mom and at times worked 2 and 3 jobs. He was depressed when I took him out of school. The depression improved for awhile but finally re-appeared and escalated to suicidal threats. Long story short, he ended up in psychiatric hospital 3 times and then in an Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for 2 weeks in June. In the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) they tested him and he was a 11th and 12th grade level in everything except math which was 8th grade level. He was always in advanced math classes in school but we haven't done a lot of math at home so he is rusty. At the school at the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) they sent papers to the high school difficult child would attend in case I decided to put him back in school which they advised I do. The papers were to initiate an IEP. I don't have a lot of faith in my school district. difficult child was already labelled as "bad" and now he will be coming back into the same district with an IEP initiated by an Residential Treatment Center (RTC). Because he was making suicidal threats he fell into the category of "aggressive and dangerous to self and/or others". What should I do to protect him and help him? I don't understand all this IEP stuff nor do I trust them. Will they test him to determine what grade level he will be placed at? I don't even know what is best for him so I don't know how to begin to deal with all of it. He has grown and changed a lot and may be able to handle it better now. So should I let him try it without special accomodations or immediately have the IEP in place? Does that mean Special Education classes? I'm confused and school starts in 4 weeks so I know I need to start working on this.