In 2005, my son was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. After years of occupational, speech, and cognitive therapy at home, he then went to an early learning center to help him develop the skills he would need when he entered kindergarten. As his mother, I was given the option to mainstream him in a public school or in a magnet school of my choice. Because my son’s test scores were improving significantly in math and science, I chose Skiles Test Elementary in Indianapolis as my son’s charter school of choice. I believed that this school best fit his needs. I felt that the math and science curriculum would not only interest him but also help him to obtain new learning tools in other areas as well.
Another reason why I chose Skiles Test Elementary school was because while they mainstream children with learning disabilities, the teachers and aides also take the time to pull my son out of class for his speech and occupational therapy sessions, calling them ‘special meetings’ so as not to alert the other children of my son’s disabilities.
Once it seemed almost impossible that my son would actually read a book by himself or write in complete sentences. I was even told that my son would never graduate from high school. I was devastated by this premonition and became determined not to allow that to happen to my child. After kindergarten at Skiles Test Elementary my son could read small words and write his name and a few short sentences. After first grade, my son was able to read entire books and write full paragraphs with proper spelling and punctuation.
I believe that Skiles Test Elementary was the best choice for my child because he gets the one-on-one attention he needs, unlike what he would receive if he was enrolled in the Indianapolis Public School district. In addition, the staff is quite friendly and helpful. They are always willing to work with me when an issue arises via phone calls and emails. The teachers genuinely care about the well being of each student, which makes all the difference in the world to the students themselves.
Skiles Test Elementary also provides many extracurricular activities which enables the students to learn new skills and to make new friends, which is important to early development. I would highly recommend Skiles Test Elementary school to parents who have children that have emotional problems or learning disabilities. You can read more about it at http://skilestest.ltschools.org/ or call for more information at (317) 964-4700.