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Anonymous April 24, 2008


We are from Thailand,
Onedays, will be live in your country,Long beach CA USA 90808.
Please,suggestion to me more and more in your customs and tradition too!

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healthy11 April 29, 2008


Again, I'm not from California, but in the U.S. if you want a public education, you usually must attend the public school nearest where you live, and you can not chose to go to a different one. Your brother should be able to explain your situation and give his address to the school district, and they can tell him which public school you would have to register for, and what documentation will be required.

IF you are considering private school, then your brother can ask basic questions about how much their tuition and fees are, and whether there is bus transportation from where he lives to their schools, etc. and whether there are additional placement tests required, etc.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that anyone on this Greatschools website is going to be personally familiar with all the schools that you have asked about. You probably would not be able to register your child until you arrived in the U.S., and at that time you can visit each school and decide which is best.

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Single-mom April 29, 2008


Dear health11

Thanks for yr kindness and information.
Please,pray for me too!
Now!4:21 am,early morning in Thailand,
Can't sleep yet! So! Worry!

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healthy11 April 29, 2008


When will you be moving to the U.S.? Most schools here are closed in the last part of June, all of July, and the first part of August, although the "School District" offices should be open to answer your questions.

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SweetKay October 3, 2008


My children were in the Long Beach Unified School District but are now in college. To get information about public schools in Long Beach, go to www.lbusd.k12.ca.us. Private, catholic, and christian schools are not part of the Long Beach Unified School District. You will need to contact an individual school to get information about that school. Many parents feel that these schools are far superior to public schools. You have to pay to get into these schools and parents usually don't tolerate their children not performing well in school if they're paying for it.
Elementary school is grade kindergarten to grade 5; generally ages 5 to 10. Middle school is grades 6 to 8; ages 11 to 13. High school is grades 9 to 12; ages 14 to 17. This information is so you can gauge where your children will fit.
Long Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cerritos are different cities with different school districts. All three districts have excellent schools.
Long Beach has very poor and very wealthy families from many countries. Generally, the schools in the better neighborhoods have better grades. But the best high school, Long Beach Polytechnic, is located in one of the poorer neighborhoods. This is an outstanding school in academics, music, and sports. Lakewood High School Is a good school in a good neighborhood. It is very similar to Polytechnic but on a smaller scale. For example, it doesn't have as many AP classes as Poly does. (An AP class is a college level class.) Millikan is also good.
St. Anthony High School is a catholic school located at 620 Olive Street, Long Beach; the Clark Street address is a football field. I have heard generally good things over the years about St. Anthony's and Valley Christian. I have never heard of Winston High School. St. Joseph High School in Lakewood is a catholic girls' high school with an excellent reputation. St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower is a catholic boys' high school, also a very good school.
I'm not sure what you mean by Educational Partnership Long Beach. I don't know of a school by that name. However, our schools have partnered with various companies to aid the schools. Also, the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Community College, and California State University at Long Beach all work together to prepare students as they advance their educational careers.
The city of Los Alamitos is much wealthier than Long Beach for various reasons. It has superior schools and to meet diversity goals (people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds), they often have to bring in students from other school districts.
The city of Cerritos also has many good schools but Whitney High School is another outstanding school.
One other high school you may want to know about is the California Academy of Math and Sciences. While this high school is part of Long Beach Unified School District, it admits only the top students in all of Los Angeles County. It is located on the grounds of the California State University at Dominguez Hills. I cannot remember all the details but their curriculum interacts with the university.
Like the rest of the United States, gangs are everywhere, including wealthy caucasian communities. Some parents put their children in private, catholic, or christian schools to keep their children away from gangs. Some communities, often poorer areas, are more prone to gang activity than others. The only suggestion I have is to know who your child's friends are and get to know the parents. While we have to allow our children independence (how much depends on the age), sometimes we have to guide them to make better choices. Some parents put their children in public elementary and middle schools and then pay for their children to attend catholic or christian high schools. Nowadays, all the schools are fenced and gated. The high schools all have at least one policeman on duty to prevent any problems or take care of whatever may happen. Most, if not all, the schools require visitors to sign in, so people cannot simply walk to a classroom.
I noticed your request is dated April 29 and today is October 3. I was looking up something for a friend and came upon your question. I know it's late but hope this helps. By the way, the zip code 90808 is one of the better neighborhoods in Long Beach.

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sk8ermom May 14, 2009


There is a sizeable Thai community in the Long Beach area and it might be a good idea to contact some of the parents. The reason I say this is that there is a good chance that your son's school in Thailand is significantly more advanced than ours and a simple transfer may not be the best for your son's education.



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