My difficult child will be entering middle school next year. How scary is that?? LOL The public school in our district is really big. difficult child has no desire to go there. He thinks it's a bad school. He's heard all kinds of horror stories about it. So, he already has a negative outlook on it. Well, we decided to explore a smaller private Christian school. Had an appointment with-the principal yesterday. I brought in difficult child's IEP. The principal seemed speechless after he read over it. He just kept reading and reading and wouldn't look up. I could just feel his judgements towards my child during that time. It was very uncomfortable. He said he's seen behaviors such as were described, but not all from one child. He wanted to know what we do to punish him at home. Actually asked if we have spanked him.(Um yes and it doesn't do any good. If anything it escalates things) I told him he really doesn't give us a lot of trouble at home. Most problems are at school. He was at a loss I think. Anyway, I asked if he would accept difficult child to his school. He said he would consider it, but not to get our hopes up. Gee thanks. I told him that I feel that difficult child would do better in a smaller environment and one that would be more challenging. A lot of his misbehavior is because he's not academically challenged. He made copies of a couple of pages of the IEP. Then said he'd like us to write a letter giving another side of our difficult child. ???? He said he'd pass it on to the person that did new student screening and go from there. So, why didn't he just say no we don't want your problem child at our school??? Let's just cut the **** and be honest. UGHHH It's so frustrating. You want to bad to do the best for your child and are constantly hit with-road blocks. I'm so tired of this battle. I feel beat down. How do I tell my child that he can't go to that school because of his behavior. How will that make him feel? His self esteem is already low. Other question is do we even bother writing the letter? Part of me says yes write it and see what happens. Other part says why even bother. Thanks for listening.