I'm not diametrically opposed to having specialized schools for children that actually need a completely different environment to function or survive. Some of my relatives actually run a small private school supplying that market and part of their focus is teaching their students to cope with normal social interaction.
That said the way my city handles the whole situation is atrocious. Starting at the kindergarten level the schools are separated into normal and magnet schools. At the elementary level about 25% of the normal schools are good or okay. At the middle school level, there is one in the entire city that isn't horrible, it isn't good or great, it just isn't horrible. At the high school level none of the normal schools are tolerable. The graduation rate, even including the magnet schools is in the high 60's, and that is after improving noticeably in the last decade.
The magnet schools can only take so many kids each year. So even if a child tests well enough to get in they have to get picked in a lottery to get accepted. Current students automatically stay at the magnet school of course and so you only get a few openings in each grade per year. To make it even more fun the magnet schools specialize in different curriculum even at the elementary level. So not only does your kid have to luck out in a huge way to just get accepted to one of these schools, but you have to pick a specialty for your kindergartener, when it's commonly accepted that most young adults haven't a clue regarding what they want to do in life.
What this basically means is that in a few years if my kid hasn't won the lottery I'll have to move my family. And even if my first kid wins, the second kid means the deadline just shifts a few years. The only other option is private school and since tuition is actually higher than my mortgage that isn't much of an option.
Meanwhile the school board and local politicians are seemingly satisfied with the situation. If you complain about the poor quality in the normal schools you get directed to the magnet schools and their lottery. They invest laughably small amounts of money into the schools and hold up the magnet schools as gleaming gems, ignoring the festering normal schools. And honestly it's not even the fact they are consigning the vast majority of gifted kids to normal schools that pisses me off. What gets my goat is that they are writing off all of the kids that don't go to magnet schools, normal and gifted alike. No kid deserves being treated like that. Magnet schools are essentially their excuse for not putting any effort or resources into the normal schools.
That is basically a thousand plus kids a year my city alone is prepping to be future tenants in our nations private prison system.