This is a very interesting account by Mia Simring, a rabbi in New York City, about her family decision to choose a school for their daughter. She was warned not to send her to the public school across the street. She visited the school and to her surprise, was very impressed by the small classes and the emphasis on the arts. She visited other schools, including some that were highly selective. She considered a Jewish school that would inculcate her values.

And she and her husband decided to ignore the warnings of their neighbors and chose the neighborhood public school.