As the new school year opens, parents will find themselves trying to engage a system that is somewhat bewildering and overwhelming. Most of you are well aware of the importance of finding the right match of educational environment for your child's ability, personality, and learning style. The challenge is in trying to achieve the best approximation of that match in light of program availability, finances, etc. Somehow, no matter how competent we are in other areas, taking on the role of advocate and savvy consumer is something we are often not quite comfortable with when it comes to school systems. Therefore, I would like to make some basic recommendations on how to make your child's educational experience the best it can be.