I'll post up some interesting stats that sum up my latest dilemma. I live in Los Angeles and as such I fall under LAUSD. I have a soon-to-be 6 year old stepson coming into the equation in the coming months. I am aware of the school attendance zones for several of the schools. I am also aware of the bureaucratic mess that comes with having kids go to schools within and outside the district. With that said, let's bring on the dilemma. The elementary school where my home resides is a 5 minute walk away. The rent I pay is a bit high, but actually cheap by West LA standards for a 2 bedroom. I've met the principal of that school and walked around the campus. I have my reservations about this school, but I don't dislike the school. That said, here's what really concerns me. "Home School" API 2011: School - 758 Hispanic - 763 Black - 673 Disabled - 662 Economically challenged - 758 English learners - 751 There aren't enough Asians or Caucasians at the school to get their API. School is 86% Hispanic, 11% Black. My stepson is Caucasian and there's only 12 of them out of 620+ students. I'm part Black and Asian, so I admittedly would rather have my kids in a more diverse environment. I was scratching my head over the low API for Blacks, especially in relation to the Hispanics. So I did some homework. I compared API scores at all of the other elementary schools in my zip code as well as surrounding areas. And guess what? At the 4 other schools in my zip code, Blacks outperformed Hispanics and at one, Blacks outperformed Caucasians. In fact, Blacks outperformed Asians at the 2nd best school in my zip code. Schools within my zip code: CH CL CR PE I live two blocks east of school CH's attendance zone. And I live three blocks south of another school's attendance zone. I live in the Twilight Zone since the other four elementary schools fall under the same middle school (a good one), but the school by me falls under a middle school further west and is much lower performance-wise. Playing the "Game of Permits" is dicey given the time to apply for them is late in the school year. The option to invoke "No Child Left Behind" is a process that starts in November to mid-December and would only benefit me for the following school year (that and the kid actually has to enroll at the school). So he'd be stuck having to spend parts of two grades at the home school. I work in a city that borders LA and they have a solid school district. The school by my work is very good. The administrators were friendly during the tour, but they mentioned that getting in via an inter-district permit is very difficult because so many parents seek intra-district permits, leaving little to no room for the inter-district permit seekers. The good news is I rent, so I could just pack up and move. The bad news is things are pricey in West LA, even in the not-so-good areas. I could probably move to an area with a so-so school, but at least it falls under the zone for the good middle school. Given all this, should I be trying my best to relocate or find a way to get the child to another school? Or should I at least give the home school a chance to get its act together?