No I would not send my kids to one of these schools.....my son went to a private school as his father (who I was not with at the time) got him in as he knew one of the teachers...(back in the day!).....apart from that personal comment...I think kids need to learn to 'fit in' with the general population and quite life the idea of public schools (unless they have special needs of course)
I think a school is a school at the end of the day. There is a branch of schools called Sudbury, which are basically unschooling schools, with no compulsory lessons, the kids just unschool at a set venue. If there was one near here I would consider that as an option, but I don't like the rigidity of steiner or montessori . They seem to control too much outside of school life and it's just too expensive.
Montessori and Steiner schools have been around for a while. I sort of like the idea of the Montessori method but the only Montessori schools here are private schools which makes them very expensive so they're not an option for many families. I have friends whose children go to Montessori schools and they love it, but I imagine they wouldn't suit everyone. I also considered the fact that there was no Montessori high school and I thought mainstream schooling might come as a bit of a shock after years of Montessori.
I looked into homeschooling my own children Montessori style but I think we have found another method (Charlotte Mason, though we will be adapting it) that suits us better.
I know parents of kids who have used various methods of schooling and the overwhelming opinion seems to be that the usual mainstream schoolinhg seems to be the better choice for most kids! I do love the idea of home schooling,but no longer have any school-age children to offer this method to!!
My son used the piblic school system which suited his needs until he got his much-longed-for apprenticeship as a chef.The school he attended allowed him to do full days of work experience in a well respected restaurant here uuntil he turned 15,the age which meant he could be signed up for proper gtraining. This served him extremely well,and he ev en had days c redited to the appttrenticeship because of it!