Apparently difficult child 1's science teacher (whose class he was getting a D- in and ultimately pulled it up to a D) took my pleas for help to heart and had a chat with the guidance counselor. Turns out there IS a smaller science class and they've decided to move him to it -- 23 kids instead of 38. It's called a support class. Slower pace, more time to complete work, curriculum is the same but explained differently, and obviously, the benefit of a smaller class size. They acknowledged that he was too anxious and stressed in the big classes and they realize that stress can lead to other health problems with him (IBS for one, and if he gets a Crohn's flare it can be worse if he's under a lot of stress). He was failing his computer apps class (essentially a word processing class with approx. 40 students), but with all the extra after school work he did to try to catch up, he managed to pull his grade up to a C-. This class is only one more quarter long so he stays put there and then he transitions to the second half of the course where he learns more technology stuff (robotics, engineering, architecture, computer-aided design). The only downside is that because of the schedule change, he loses two teachers he was working with really well (Lang Arts and Algebra). He's not thrilled about that, but I'm told the new teachers are just as good and are well-liked by the kids. So fingers crossed as we start the new quarter today that these changes will help him have a better year!