public charter or private schools in San Jose area

Posted by: llanxjk

public charter or private schools in San Jose area - 07/31/19 05:56 PM

First I want to say thank you to everyone.I have been a lurker and learned a lot from this forum.

My DS9 is PG. Unfortunately our school district has no gifted program. And the current school is reluctant to accelerate him.

So for the up-coming fall semester (grade 5) there is not many options. We are way passed the admission deadline. So we are thinking of online school Connection Academy.

I am looking into the middle schools in the San Jose area for next year. Either public charter or < 30K private school. For private school Helio in Sunnyvale seems to be a good fit for gifted kids. For the public charter anyone has experience with the Summit Denali? I have attended their open house and sounds like individualized/accelerated learning plan is quite possible.

Thanks a lot!
Posted by: ChrystieATL

Re: public charter or private schools in San Jose area - 08/09/19 11:23 AM

I find it a shame the public schools are so inflexible and like to live within a box. I have fought your battle many times and won some and lost others.
As a result we have moved schools every couple of years and I have 4 of them currently in 4 different schools. It has worked well for our family and allowed them to accelerate forward each and every year.

You may want to look into Laurel Springs Academy ( They have a gifted program starting in middle school. I have an 8 and 10 yr (3rd and 5th) grade that used them for 4th math over the summer and 6th science. They are accredited and when comparing content they exceeded the content requirements for both my kids home schools. My 8 yr is in a private gifted school (Fulton Science Academy Private school) and daughter 10yo is in Gifted Magnet Charter Public school (Kittredge). Both schools accepted the summer school credits and course accelerated them. Both kids started school this week and split their day between 3rd/4th/5th and the other 5th/6th/7th. The principals for both schools were really impressed with the online program. It is affordable, rigorous, easy for even an 8 yo to work through the course and recommended on many gifted websites for an online program. I believe they do rolling admissions so you are not too late.

There are other summer options but they are GA specific or require you to apply much earlier. Good luck with Laurel Springs. We were very happy with our recent experience and will use them again.
Posted by: llanxjk

Re: public charter or private schools in San Jose area - 08/17/19 07:25 AM

Thanks, Portia & ChrystieATL. Those are good online resources for home schooling!

Luckily we are able to find a small private school that is willing to work with him and DS likes the teachers so far. Keep our fingers crossed.
Posted by: JudAU

Re: public charter or private schools in San Jose area - 10/13/19 02:53 PM

Connections Academy has a terrible reputation. Id enroll one class a time in something like CTY etc.