We have a semi attractive option of a math/science based public charter. I say semi-attractive because there are two sides to the coin. First, if you have a serious math/science kid, it's a good option. Grade acceleration only goes so far-some kids really require (and want) depth and focus, which just isn't found in our PS classrooms at this point. It's great to have a place where being this type of kid is ok. The downside is that there isn't enough money to keep up, so the school appears to be constantly balancing whether they can remain open. We're not there yet, but that would be a huge concern for us. Also, any special needs are really not going to be dealt with.
I'm opposed to taking $$ away from the PS's, but I am also opposed to the crazy curriculum decisions that have been made here regarding some subjects. I want an option.