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I posted a while back but wanted to check back in and see what positive experiences parents might be having in Mpls Elementary Schools. Hale is our neighborhood school but the data suggests there is not the diversity we are looking for. Would love to hear folks' experiences. Also, has anyone heard anything about Hope Academy? It is on Chicago and serves the Phillips area but they have a strong curriculum and "look good on paper".

Thanks so much!

Ann

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Our experience with a diverse school was different than what we expected. We sent our daughter to a 5th and 6th grade 98% non-white school. The population is made up of many different cultures. There was even another Ethiopian girl (not adopted) in her class.  She feels like she doesn't fit in at all.  The other Ethiopian girl is in a clique of girls (one from Burma, one from Thailand, and one African American) and she wasn't open to a new friend.  She has had a couple of girls who aren't bullies, but are not nice to her, and they happen to be African American.  Her saving grace has been the teachers, who have gotten to know her and bring out her abilities and specialties.  The teachers have been white males.  Go figure.  One of her biggest issues is the fact that we are the only white parents at events. 

We are now in the position of looking for a new school for junior high for her. I wonder if she would, in some ways, be more comfortable in a whiter school.  At least she wouldn't be teased for having white parents.  Another adoptive family here said the white kids were much more open to their Ethiopian children than the diverse school was.  It sounds upside down, but maybe there's something to it. I do not want to get my own stereotypes or "certain" thinking to get in the way of what's right for her.

Another note: she and her sisters spend time with Ethiopian friends five or more days a week, so they also get that input. 

Just another experience to throw out there.

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Ann, sorry about the post I just put here.  That was meant for the diversity question.  If I knew anything about Mpls. schools, I would've answered.  Sorry!

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Mary,
Your post is so incredibly thought provoking.....your post gave voice to many of my questions and fears about the complexities involved. I have wondered about the deeper issue of acceptance and whether my child would be at a social disadvantage because of his white parents. THank you for so thoughtfully expressing your experience.

I am hopeful other parents will chime in on their general experiences with school diversity and acceptance.

Thanks!

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