((( Princess & Rhys )))
If the school is so terrible, is there a chance that Rhys could be placed in the same school as Zoe, but in grade 3 instead of grade 2? Or maybe the school has split classes (2/3) like they do here, so that the brighter grade 2 kids can remain with their peer group, but also get a chance to try more advanced lessons too?
Before our daughter was diagnosed with her learning disability, we had so much frustration with the school system as well - we couldn't figure out why she was doing so poorly, despite all the hard work we were all putting in to help her. She wasn't identified as having her LD until she was in grade 5. Once we knew what was happening, the sense of relief was amazing, and we just had to find the learning style that worked best for her to see a marked improvement in her school work.
Do you have any opportunities to discuss your perception of the school as a depressing environment with other parents? Chances are that they have noticed that atmosphere too. The best way to change it is to talk about it and gather support from other parents. It could be an administrative thing where the teachers are feeling demoralized for various reasons or are simply getting jaded with their careers.
Just a thought.... fwiw.