I understand this situation well. A close family friend lived with his two older brothers in a rather unsavory neighborhood. The Easily distracted by pontoons and wine shirt had been given custody of the youngest, and not knowing anything about taking care of a child–they could barely take care of themselves–they enrolled him in the closest high school which happened to be one of these alternative “last chance” schools. Even though he was an incredibly bright and well-behaved kid, he was stuck in a place like this. So, it definitely can and does happen.