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Ariel Winter

I'm Going to School

For the First Time

1/4/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0103-ariel-winter-TMZAriel Winter's about to do something she's never done before -- attend high school like a normal kid, and get this ... she can't wait to go ... TMZ has learned.

The "Modern Family" star is now enrolled in a private school in the L.A. area and will start attending classes later this month ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

It's a big change for Ariel because we're told she's always been privately tutored.

According to our sources, producers at "Modern Family" are "thrilled" and will happily schedule shoots around the girl's classes.

We're told Ariel has been "flourishing" in her sister Shanelle Gray's home, where the rules are strict.  Sources say Ariel's happier than ever, and producers have noticed a big, positive change in her mood.

As we previously reported ... Shanelle became Ariel's temporary guardian after allegations surfaced that her mother, Chrystal Workman, was emotionally abusing her.

Ariel's attorney and father now have control over her considerable finances -- $75,000/episode -- as per a settlement hammered out last month.

We've got 2 words for Ariel: cafeteria lunches.  

Good luck!

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LISA    

I'm really happy to hear that, but I'm also shocked she has never attended school ..?? Even the youngest Kardashians attended school (at least until Kris forced them to start modelling). I think attending high school is crucial to normal social development. This is another sign the girl is better off with her sister.

569 days ago
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DeeMaree    

This is great. I think why so many child actors end up lost as adults is because of the lack of reality that existed in their childhood. Going to school, doing activities that define most childhoods is a big step in helping these kids transition into adulthood mentally grounded.

569 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Good for her. Going to school in H'wood isn't exactly like going to school in Bumfvck Iowa (no offence to Iowans) where she is singled out. The majority of the students are somehow connected to the biz. Not meaning to sound sappy but hopefully she'll get to broaden the scope of her world, even if it is H'wood kids, and get out of her isolation and realize there are other people in the world. Right Britney?

568 days ago
19.

Edith    

Who cares if she goes!! Dose anybody cares about our kids going to school. Just because she is in o show

568 days ago
20.

tenley    

Oh yeah, those rules at the sister's house are so strict -- Ariel's "flourishing" like never before cashing all those TMZ paychecks.

568 days ago
21.

dig    

Two words....Lunchables bitches

568 days ago
22.

GoodOnPaper    

sick of this chick already. give 'em a little bit of $$ and they know it all.

btw... active military make less than half on the front lines.

568 days ago
23.

bernergirl    

I am excited she is excited, hopefully she will handle the adjustment. I like this girl, she seems to be100% opposite of the Jenner girls. Can't find a lot of that in L.A.

568 days ago
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SarcasticSupermodel    

You contribute so much to society.

568 days ago
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SarcasticSupermodel    

Good for her. Nice to see her doing well after getting away from her evil, blood-sucking mother.

568 days ago
26.

taffy84    

Hope she has thick skin. she is definitely going to need it in hell school

568 days ago
27.

Victoria    

Who drove her to all the auditions she had? Who paid for the head shots? Who called agencies to get her signed up? Who brought her clothes and helped her memorize one-sheets? Who waited outside auditions after auditions?

568 days ago
28.

Reyna38    

So is she stupid or what. Wha does she mean going back to school for the first time...

568 days ago
29.

BECKER    

Good for her. Parents should not be allowed to force their children in to acting or recording contarcts. The only reason they do it is for their own personal gains. McCauley,Leeann rimes and a slew of others.

568 days ago
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Anya    

Good for her!

568 days ago
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