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I'm talking about socio-economic classes.

This year braidgirl started high school. She got into a very good program at a HS in a more affluent community. (For K-8, we have our town's school district and for high school we're part of a regional high school district that has some towns with much higher incomes).

A couple of ways I've noticed the class difference in the PTSO (Parent-Teacher-Student Organization). For one thing membership dues are higher - for the HS it's $25 per year per family. (For elementary school it was $10 per year per family and for Middle School it's $8.50 per year per parent that signs up) And their fundraiser is different - they have one big fundraiser and it's a super-raffle. They sell tickets that are sold in groups of three and it's $50/3. Apparently they raise enough from this to throw a party for the graduating seniors (that costs about $25,000 - it's an overnight alcohol/drug free party at an indoor amusement park), have scholarships available for several graduating seniors, and have some grants available for teachers.

I know there are more students at the HS than at the middle school, but still... (There's about 1500 students at the HS, 850 at the Middle School, and 550 for elementary.) Having seen how hard the PTO/PTA for the other schools she's attended have to work to raise money this sounds almost almost too good to be true. :) There's about 1500 at the HS, 850 at the Middle School, and 550 for elementary.

But the school is really good, the people there all seem nice, and so far braidgirl loves the program she's in. If wafflegirl doesn't find a special program she wants to get into, she'll be able to attend the same school braidgirl is at under a sibling waiver so she can go to the better/newer school instead of the overcrowded local school. (Our local HS isn't BAD, it's just not as good as this one)
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