I would make the school a positive and safe place no matter what the environment is. The school can either be an improvement on the environment, or it can choose to fit into the environment. Most of all the importance within the whole educational realm is to make sure children are learning , and they feel secure in doing so. As far as I believe learning can take place anywhere. It is how you approach it. I did at one time take my older teens into the environment like the subway of Atlanta and taught them how to function in big cities and be safe. Many of them now are commuters to the big city to work. A school is where you make it happen in education.