The study found that students from the Southeast San Diego community around Gompers-virtually all of whom are minorities-are clustered in standard classes and vastly under represented in the accelerated and upper-level courses that have given Gompers its prestigious reputation in math, science and computer education.
In 1983-84, 31% of Gompers classes were ethnically unbalanced "without a justified reason," compared to just 7.6% of classes districtwide, the study found. In 1984-85, 17% of Gompers classes were ethnically unbalanced.
Part of the reason for the separation is that Gompers is really two schools: a standard seventh and eighth grade junior high school for neighborhood children, and a magnet school for students in grades 7 to 12. Some resident children attend the magnet with white and minority children from around the city who are drawn to Gompers' math, science and computer curriculum.