"I think teachers can teach efficiently at both levels, but many teachers are not equipped to do that," said Eunice Pimentel, a team leader at Families and Schools Together (FAST), a Wisconsin-based global nonprofit that works locally with Westside parents. "While it can be done in a perfect world, it's not happening now."
Pimentel believes bilingual education, which is generally prohibited in California schools, is a better model.
Still, the holdout parents insist any student can excel at these schools.
"I have never had any doubts at all that they are getting the best education possible," said Julie Alighee, a PTA board member and a parent of an Adams student who spoke during a "community information night" designed to promote Adams to Mesa Verde parents.
She and other Mesa Verde mothers climbed the stage in Adams' multipurpose room and talked about how satisfied they were with the teachers and the school's offerings.