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Merry, Home Buyer in Wheaton, IL

Which high school in DuPage county is known for providing better than average special education services?

Asked by Merry, Wheaton, IL Sun Jan 23, 2011

We are planning to move to the county and want to locate in the best public school district for our special needs daughter.

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As a parent of a 15 year old child with Down syndrome at Wheaton-Warrenville South HS, I am especially sensitive to your question. My daughter is a cheerleader on the varsity cheer team and is loving her HS experience. Every child's needs are different - and from my personal experience and my experience helping families who have children with special needs relocate - I will tell you that it will always boil down to your advocacy and understanding of your child's rights. I was a founding member of SEA200 (Special Education Alliance for District 200) which is a parent group for children with special needs for the Wheaton-Warrenville #200 school district. You can find out much more - from a parent's perspective at http://www.SEA200.org and they will also be able to point you to other parent organizations for children with special needs within nearby school districts in DuPage. I hope this is helpful - and if you are interested in Wheaton - I can hook you up with the director of special education here for a chat. She is very open to meeting with parents and is proud of the programs she has developed here in the district. Best of luck - Yvonne Rusin
Web Reference: http://www.sea200.org
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 24, 2011
Finding a good special education program can be a challenge, in large part because there are so many aspects to special education, and such a wide variety of needs within any population of students. A child who is severely handicapped, for example, needs an entirely different set of services that a mildly autistic or dyslexic student. But there are several ways you can get an idea of a school district's philosophy.

1. Go to GreatSchools.org. Sign up. Locate schools by plugging in town. I chose Warrenville, then District 200 showed up, then I chose High Schools. I clicked on WWS HS. Under that link, you can check out all aspects of the school. Click on the Test Scores and Stats tab, then on the link just below it that says Programs & Extracurriculars. When that screen pops up, choose Student Resources. This gives you a basic idea of what programs are available at the school. Keep in mind that these are parent reviews.
2. You can also google the school district itself, and in the search engine, put in "Special Education". You should be able to find detailed information about what that school provides. For District #200, the first thing that pops is their explanation of services.
3. Probably the best way to find out, though, would be to locate the name and phone number of the special ed director for that district, and give him/her a call. Every child's needs are unique, and talking directly to that person will be the best way for you to get a feel for what the district will offer your child in particular, and how you and your child will mesh with the district's philosophy.
Good luck in your search, and let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 24, 2011
I cannot speak about all of Dupage county, but I can speak about the Wheaton school district 200 from personal experience. They have a phenomenal program from Pre-Kindergarten through high school. Check out http://www.cusd200.org.

Please call me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Corey Schraw
630-561-8454
Baird & Warner
http://www.coreyschraw.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 23, 2011
Hi Merry,

One of the best sites to go to is greatschools.net. It not only has scores but, parents weigh in on their experiences with each school so, you get a more personal perspective. And, they have an area for special needs schools. http://www.greatschools.org/special-education.topic?content=1541.

Let me know if you have any additional questions and if you're currently working with a Realtor, I'd be happy to help you find your new home.

Best,
Michele Nixon
630-674-9209
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 23, 2011
I had learned through a recent past client who had relocated from out of state that #204 district had an extremely high rated program for kids with special needs. They had done alot of research on it and only wanted to look at homes in that school district.
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