Mesa Verde families have long been sending their children to schools outside of their upper-middle class enclave. They opt for private or public schools in Newport Beach, Eastside Costa Mesa or Huntington Beach.
It's time they took another look at their home schools. Adams Elementary, TeWinkle Intermediate and Estancia High schools are making gains, thanks to reform-minded educators and open-minded families who believe that the only way to improve a school is for the community's children to attend it. Educators say they teach to the individual, challenging those who are further along in their development, and helping pull up those who need extra help. This is a sound approach.
Why Mesa Verde families would abandon their home schools is the subject of a three-part series, "School Flight," that began in Sunday's Daily Pilot. This in-depth and exceedingly fair report by Mike Reicher examines the multitude of reasons behind why Mesa Verde parents left their neighborhood schools years ago, and why some current-era parents are reluctant to go back. Reicher also talks with Mesa Verde parents who are returning to the neighborhood schools and discovering strong academics and improved sports programs.