I love this thread and I love my kids' school!
Before my ds1 started kindergarten, I told my husband he needed to move us to a decent district or make enough $ to send him to private school! We moved! Isn't it funny how after you have kids you base ALL of your life decisions on them....
Anyway - I have a great relationship with the staff and princ. and vice princ. I volunteer in all three classrooms once per week and serve on 3 committees on the PTA. One of the committees is the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Committee. The teachers all know me and love me and that reflects on my children YKWIM!!! I don't hesitate or apologize to request teachers every year for each of my children. And I always get the teacher I want. I get bugged about it sometimes (like my mom
: ), but who knows my kids better than me? I have great relationships with each teacher and am thrilled with how and what my kids are doing. I sometimes have issues, but I immediately schedule conferences and get them taken care of...... I work HARD on my kids' education, and it shows!
Unfortunately, I can't (right now) justify sending my son to public school for middle school, so after next year (he will be in 5th grade, his last year of elementary school) I will homeschool him. I may homeschool my rising 3rd grade daughter if I am not completely happy with her situation. Frankly, I get scared for her with other relationships with girls.
Anyway, I'll stop now. Great public schools are out there. My kids' school performs right along with local private schools! We have an awesome PTA with LOADS of parent involvement. That is what to look for, Parent Involvement!