Gifted ADHD Children
gifted ADHD kid on 504 plan - rights with respect to honors class
My 14 year old son is very bright, but also struggles in a major way with organization, focus, etc. This year, he was finally diagnosed with ADHD, and started meds. He is on a 504 plan at his school. He is also in honors classes. He has no difficulty at all with the work in his classes, and his teachers all say he is one of the brightest kids they have worked with. The problem is, even with meds he is still having trouble getting assignments in. He does the work and then forgets to hand things in. This has pushed his grades down to B’s rather than A’s. That wouldn’t be a big deal, because we all know he can do the work - but our school district will not let him continue in the honors/AP course track next year. Their rule is that all kids must have a 92 average or above to continue. So my very smart, academic kid who dreams of being a scientist is being forced into the non-honors classes. He is devastated, depressed beyond belief, and says he doesn’t even feel like bothering any more.
My question is - since the only reason his grades are below a 92 is due to his trouble with getting his work handed in, and since he is on a 504 plan for ADHD, does he have any rights here? Is there any argument I can make to force the school to allow him to continue in the honors track?
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