My kids go to an alternative school, and my younger DD is a bright, normal, quiet girl. She does her work. Teachers at traditional school liked her because she totally fell into the "quiet little worker" mold.
However, there is a really high % of kids with ADD/ ADHD at the alternative school (some of them are the kids who truly cannot cope with traditional school, and there's a high % of boys) and DD loves the way this affects her classes. The teachers HAVE to keep it interesting. They HAVE to mix it up. They HAVE to let the kids get messy and use their hands.
It's fun and it's interesting, and even though she made straight As in regular school, she feels she's learning more now and making deeper connection. For her, being where the lessons are geared to active boys really works.