Bev: My daughter attended public schools in elementary and part-way through middle school. She wanted to try homeschooling this past year, but wants to return to public school when she is to enter high school next fall. She is interested in a special career-focused magnet program offered by the public schools at a special voc-tech center, which would require the use of 2 elective periods each day.
I made a general inquiry today of a guidance counselor at one of the high schools she might attend (we would have to provide transportation from the high school to the special voc-tech program off campus) to make sure we could work this out. I already knew that because her IEP is for an SLD in one of the core subjects, she would need to take both the grade-level course in the subject area, plus a remedial, and that would then use up one of her elective periods.
I was told by the guidance counselor 1) that because she had an IEP in math, which would be reactivated when she returned to public schools, she would be REQUIRED to take a “Learning Strategies” class that the county’s high schools require of ALL students with an IEP. Requiring her to take this course would then eliminate one of her elective periods. Next, the guidance counselor said that since she had been in a home education program, they would automatically place her in a Reading class, since the county would not have any reading scores on her. That would eliminate another one of her electives. With these two requirements, it would mean that not only could my daughter not participate in the special off-campus magnet program which uses two electives, but my daughter also would not be able to participate in band class with her instrument, which is her passion.
Does anyone know if the school can mandate a special course for students with an IEP, and also if they can mandate she go into a reading class just because they don’t have current scores on her?