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user5299694 September 21, 2013

My grandson just moved here from Georgia (2nd grade). He and my daughter will be living with my father. He was attending a very good school in Georgia and was about to be recommended to the Gifted program. The school he is assigned based on address here has very poor ratings and is almost exclusively Hispanic attended. This is California, diversity is our thing - I thought, no problem. He is supposed to begin at that school in 2 days. We went to a Family Dinner there last night just to help him be familiar only to find that just about everyone there was indeed Hispanic and that the entertainment (clown) was being done in Spanish, any time something was announced on the loudspeaker it was done in Spanish, all the forms in the office were Spanish side up (in the family counseling office there were no English forms on display). There is no diversity here at all. Since he's starting when the school year has already begun we're too late for Magnet/Charter applications. We do not feel he belongs at this school and don't know what we can do about it.

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MagnetMom September 22, 2013

Hi user5299694, and welcome to the GreatSchools Parent Community,

My heart certainly goes out to you. It can be quite a transition moving cross country. To feel singled out, or excluded is worse.

I don't know where you live, if it's LAUSD or not, or even if it is there are still a few schools that had openings. Per the website, Dr. Sammy Lee Medical Magnet still had openings, and they're located in the 90004 zip code. You can call them and see if they still have openings, although it's after norm day (when they set their final numbers for the school year), it would be worth a try.

Again, if you can share a general area where you are I can try to offer a few schools in that area. Or you can go to and type in your zip code and narrow your search.

Los Angeles USD has open enrollment, so some schools may still have seats and you can just attend.

And for what it's worth, there's a huge push in Los Angeles for dual immersion and I'd be remiss to not at least encourage you to consider having your family go speak to the school you're zoned for. His class work would absolutely be in English. The Spanish speaking afterschool activities show their consideration for the local families, but class work would be in English, and it's likely that English is spoken on the playground.

If I can be of more help, please post back. We've been part of LAUSD since 1995. Best of luck, and let us know how it goes.

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