I am new here and just want to start out by saying what a wonderful idea to have this forum. Thank you! I guess I should start by saying that my difficult child is 12 will be 13 next month. Life with him has not, in any way, ever been easy. My issue right now is that today he was charged with a misdemeanor for disrupting the school campus ( or something to that effect). I have been contemplating taking him out of his current middle school and placing him in a private school that his psychiatrist highly recommends. I have a meeting with that school on the 29th. I really just fear that he is getting lost "in the mix" at his current middle school, it is a large school and they have basically told me they don't have time for his ****. He is skipping all of his classes and then when he gets caught (which is EVERY time) he escalates the situation and just blows up. My thought is that maybe a private school would be better for the following reasons: Smaller class, more individual attention. Can't "skip" at a private school. and again,..... more individual attention!!! Any ideas or opinions would be greatly appreciated.