One educational setting does not meet the needs of every person. With this in mind, the Buckley Educational Group works with families who need to plan and discuss their unique needs as they relate to complex educational planning requirements. We help identify individual services for:
- Students who are qualify for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
- Students with Learning Differences
- Students who are Home Schooled
We work with a wide range of clients who require unique and specific learning environments.
Determining if Your Student Is Gifted and Talented
One of the signs of a gifted student can be that he is disengaged in the classroom. Parents are left wondering, “What should I do?”
- First, talk with your child’s teacher and review your concerns. Is it possible that your child is struggling due to the curriculum or because of behavioral concerns?
- Maintain an open dialogue with your child’s teacher and journal the pattern of behavior exhibited over a period of time.
Behavioral issues and academic issues both require a complex and varied approach to finding a solution.
Alternatively, a child can excel in Language Arts but struggle in Math. Can he still be considered Gifted? Gifted students are classified using the following categories:
- Intellectual Achievement OR
- Specific Academic Achievement in Reading, Writing, Math or Science, Creativity, Leadership and Visual Performing Arts
Each of these distinct and separate categories is used to determine eligibility for the Gifted and Talented classification.
“Every parent wants their child to be happy in school. After years of trying to pinpoint the source of our son’s struggles in school, we turned to Buckley Educational Group to help us find the right fit. When a child is in the right place, there is harmony in the home. Working with Buckley gave us peace of mind and we felt like we made the right decision.”
Understanding Your Options for Students with Learning Differences
You’ve probably heard of a “504 Plan” but just what is it? The “504″ in “504 plan” refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or post-secondary schooling. The development of a 504 Plan requires collaboration with the 504-school team. The Buckley Group assists families with the development of a 504 Plan.
What should you do if you believe your child needs testing? One form of assessment is psycho-educational testing. The battery of tests administered determines and assesses a student’s intellect, achievement and learning modalities as they directly affect the student’s learning. It is also important to evaluate if an assessment is required by:
- Maintaining contact with your child’s school
- Engaging in frequent conversations with your child’s teacher
- Observing your child’s emotional and academic success in school
Buckley Educational Group has developed relationships and has a deep referral base for educational assessments. Our partners are a trusted extension of our professional services. We get to the heart of your student’s learning issues and base our recommendations on understanding your whole child.
How can an advocate support your IEP or 504 Plan? There are a number of ways that Buckley Educational Group can advocate on your behalf:
- We can speak or write in support of your child with exceptional needs. We have the expertise and knowledge to represent you and to secure the best educational services
- We can accompany you to school meetings
- We can draft letters on your behalf
However, we are not attorneys; if you feel that you have a legitimate complaint, we can make recommendations on how to proceed or refer you to a special education attorney, if needed.
Get more information about 504 plans, IEPs and special education advocacy by contacting us today.
Considerations for Home Schooled Students
Home schooling is another educational option available to students and their parents. Each state requires specific verification of a student’s home schooled status. Your first step is to refer to the State Department of Education for details on the process for releasing your child from public or private education.
Parents frequently ask, “Will my child be prepared for work at the collegiate level if he is home schooled?” Colleges and universities are fully aware of the qualifications and preparation of home-schooled applicants. Curriculum review, standardized testing, and evidence of intellect are a few of the measures utilized in the application review, in addition to the required college application requirements.
Buckley Educational Group can help your home-schooled student with the college application process and work with your son or daughter to find the best fit. In addition, there are many extensive home schooling networks for families that choose to home school. Discover some of the available home school resources and communities here.