There is no gifted program at this school for children that are above average in certain subjects. He gives me a hard time at home as well, but I try to do my best. Can you give me some advice? He scores highly in science, math, and reading. Should I consider home-schooling? I'm about ready to pull my hair out because all the teachers say he's so intelligent but his behaviour disrupts the class etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Your Andrew sounds like a bright, curious, energetic boy who pays attention and enjoys the subjects he likes and acts antsy and "disruptive"(translation -- he won't sit still and be quiet when he's bored) at other times. If you or I as adults behaved like your son, meaning being attentive and enjoyable when we did things we liked and fidgeting about when we were bored would we be put on medicine or merely considered normal?
You could consider home schooling; it's a huge challenge but I do know many parents who have successfully done it. Network a bit(I bet the internet would turn up a support group or at least information on home schooling) with others who are doing it. Also research schools who pride themselves in adapting their teaching methods to the learning styles of their students. Andrew should not be wrongly categorized as learning disabled because his teachers could not find ways to teach him. I know you are frustrated so turn some of that energy into searching for alternative educational environments that would welcome your son as opposed to medicating him. Good luck.