I went to public schools my whole life. My elementary school was a very strong school, my junior high was pretty bad, and my high school was a very good school. My high school had a lot of black (30%) and vietnamese kids (5%), but was mostly white. It was diverse enough for me to learn what a cold drink and hard quarter were. There are some pretty fucked up things in the Louisiana performance standard rules. The high school I went to was on probation several years ago because it hadn't shown improvement in stardardized test scores in three years. What is fucked up about that is the school was way above the state average in passage rates. It had the highest passage rates in the parish and was in the top three in the region. The school was never taken over by the state, but it was labeled as a failing school and got a D grade because of this. My kids would go to Mag Woods Elementary which draws heavily from Gardere. It is a terrible school, and it shouldn't be. But no person in the neighborhood with the ability to send kids to private school is going to send their kids to a school with a bunch of kids from Gardere. And the problem isn't with the kids. The kids I know from Gardere are good kids with a shitty lot in life. Our church does a lot of outreach in that area, doing mentoring, and recreation leagues for the kids, and bringing them lunches. The problem is with their trashy parents who won't put a lick of effort into their kids lives..