I have also been looking into montessori and Waldorf. Closest montessori schools are full, there are only three in the city for the elementary level. I'm in the process of trying to figure out if Waldorf will fit our son in the long term. It has always been my dream come true for my kids, but the more I research it, the more I feel nervous about it. In your case I would not be concerned, I think it would be the best place for pre school age children, but I need to make a permanent decision for my son, he has been changing schools too much.
I got a personal message from one woman so far, but haven't talked to her yet. Sounds like she is active amongst many people trying to have some say on this issue, but the mayor seems pretty solid on his decission. Also our principal quoted in last pta meeting that all parents are very supportive.. I must have been the only weirdo to give critique in the survey. I've been consumed by finding a new school for my son, and not reaching out to other parents about shorter school day.. more than signing the six point five to thrive petition, and talking to my friends.
Besides being financially difficult, leaving our current school is not an easy decision for me. My son was bullied in his kindergarten year in another school, and he has been SO very happy in our neighborhood school. He is friends with everyone in his class and outside of grade boundaries. I love love the true cultural diversity, meaning it's not 90 % latino or white, we have many europeans, arabic, african, indian. I love that my son says "my friend from africa" and grows up thinking it's just part of life that some moms wear vails. Or that even some dads wear "dresses". I would also like to stay in the neighborhood. For his kindy we drove 20-40 minutes one way. Going from that to walking 5 minutes in brisk air has been a paradise. But the catholic school in our neighborhood is not exciting me much, it feels like I'd be paying for the same educational philosophy.. with a better library, also long hours, and way worse playground.
So what am I doing? being totally lost!
It feels that they are making cps changes based on the very poor and pushing middle class to private. Mayor's own kids go to school with a short day. I feel like they just believe it's best for the poor people's kids to keep them away from the families as much as possible.