I've vented about our issues with the local school district and our efforts to get our son into a school that does not have a 60% "English learner" percentage or test scores low enough to qualify them as a "No Child Left Behind" school that they can't force you to take your children to... One of the options was the local "Magnet" school, which is a K-8th grade "Science, Technology and Mathematics" school that the district offers . It is by lottery only and it is an awesome school with decent class sizes, advanced programs, a 3% English learner rate, high test scores and all sorts of extras to promote your childs progress including (I just found out) an extra hour once a week of private or semi private time with their kindergarten teacher. The parents have to be very active both in the school and with the student at home but it is definitely worth the effort. We initially lost the lottery (47 our of 25, IIRC) and that started our quest across the school district for a place for our son to start school....we finally ended up at one school that was acceptable but we were really disappointed that we couldn't get him into this particular school. We got a call two days ago telling us that a spot had opened up if we wanted it! Not only does he get to go but his sister is guaranteed a spot if he is enrolled. The Wein family is a happy family today.