Well, I got the tour. The bare minimum tour, that is: here's the library, here's the cafe, here's the gym, oh look! that's a student over there.
We weren't allowed to enter any rooms nor were we allowed to observe any student/teacher interaction, nor were we allowed to meet with a guidance counselor or administrative authority. The woman who gave us the tour could not answer questions about the school's educational approach or philosophy, nor could she speak to questions like, "Do you use phonics, whole language or some other approach when teaching reading?" When I said I wanted to meet with someone who could answer this, and other, questions she said, "Mr. X. has a lot of experience in these matters. He knows what he's doing and has been in adminstration for 30 years. We trust him."
Uh, right. So the end is that the Vice-Principal is supposed to be calling me tomorrow to talk. I have a 10 minute "appointment" during which my curriculum, standards and philosophy questions are all to be answered. Doesn't really matter, though. We've decided that our son will not be attending this school.