ScoopOnSchoos Forum > Moving to Portland, looking for inclusion schools

Hello, we are planning on moving to Portland for Fall 2017 school year. We have two kindergarteners with autism. My son is non-verbal. We heard about Irvington Elementary School SWIFT program. Does anyone have experience with this school and special needs kids? Are there any other schools that can be suggested that foster inclusion and have the resources and supports for children with special needs? Appreciate any feedback. Thank you in advance.

November 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSoCal Mamma

Hello SoCal Mama,

I've heard very mixed things about Portland Public Schools from parents of children with autism - from good experiences to families who had to move to get the services they felt their children needed. I don't know anyone with specific experience with the Irvington Swift program, but Irvington has a strong Parent Teacher Association that could likely help connect you with parents who could share their experiences. http://www.irvingtonschool.com

While it sound like you're specifically looking for an inclusion program, there's also this relatively new private school that is specifically and thoughtfully designed to serve students with autism (http://www.victoryacademy.org). Portland Monthly magazine also profiled this school, giving additional information. http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2014/11/5/is-this-the-best-way-to-educate-portlands-autistic-kids-october-2014

Good luck to you in finding the right fit for your family!

November 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristin