In May, we applied to transfer difficult child 2 to the local GATE magnet in hope of giving him a fresh start with his social skills since most of his problems in school came from his impulsive behavior with other kids and their bullying of him. He's got a reputation now and once that starts, it's hard to shake. Despite being "told" he had a spot at the new school, it's not looking good, as the district has sent me two letters indicating and then reaffirming that he is on a wait list that is not likely to change. For me, it's not such a bad thing since I won't have to start over with a new administration who does not know us or his history (he's been at his home school since kindergarten), and I won't have three separate school schedules to keep. I know that's selfish. For him, it's disappointing because he really, really wanted to get away from certain kids at his home school. And even though he was in a GATE cluster at his home school, I think he was bored. A friend who works at our home school has said I could push for this placement and probably get it. I don't know if that's true or not, and frankly, I don't feel an overwhelming urge to fight for this -- is that weird? I emailed our principal this week to let her know about the situation and to ask who his teachers will be so I can draft a letter to drop off next week. I'm also thinking I need to update the IEP team on his current status. He's supposed to have an Alphasmart, but the home school was deferring to the new school to order that. With impulsivity being such a problem in the afternoon, I don't know how well he'll be able to function through the end of the school day, let alone how he will manage with homework. So many variables and unknowns. I'm trying not to obsess about it. I just really want him to have a better experience than he's had in the past two years.