He's entering a private high school and they will not give him 504 accommodations unless he has an IEP. I know this is a gray area when dealing with the subject of 504. According to the ADA, if the school is receiving any type of government funding, then they have to accommodate students with disabilities. His parent wants to get him classified. She trusts my advice and wants to know if she should send her son to the public school district. Any suggestions?
Many students who need services in addition to modifications in their academic programs might be eligible to receive those services at the closest public school that provides them. Many times these services are provided before or after school so that they do not disrupt the student's regular school day.
Before contemplating a change in schools, I would contact CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) at 1-800-233-4050 to see if there is a branch of this advocacy group in your community. They may have already had dealings with this school and may be able to help you work through the system. In any case, someone there should be able to provide you with support as well as information about this student's rights under the law.