"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter is going to school.

Which is kind of a big deal, since it will be the first time.

The 14-year-old is enrolled in a private high school in the Los Angeles area, and will start attending classes later this month, according to TMZ. Up until now, the child star has always been privately tutored.

It's another big chance in the girl's life, since a judge took guardianship over her away from her mother Chrystal Workman last fall. Ariel is currently in the care of her older sister, after allegations of emotional and physical abuse were made against Workman.

TMZ quoted sources as saying hat producers of "Modern Family" are "thrilled" and will happily schedule shoots around the girl's classes. Of course they're thrilled. They used to allegedly have to sneak her food on the set when her mother didn't let her eat.

So ... food, high school ... things are looking up.

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

Ariel's attorney and father now have control over her considerable finances -- she earns $75,000 per episode -- as per an agreement hammered out last month.


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