Hi! I have 3 children: a 10 yr. old boy, a 5 yr. old boy and a 2 yr. old girl. My boys are currently attending our local public school. I have been content with the school up until now. Their school goes up until 6th grade, and one of the 6th graders was caught with marijuana on him. I can see this happening in highschool (even though it is awful) but in middle school?! My husband and I also just attended my 10 year olds middle school orientation. We were not impressed. I consider my husband and I to be realistic, down to earth people - not pretentious. We both felt the school wasn't as clean and up to date as we would like. I had also heard through a teacher (from different school) that this middle school was the "roughest" of the schools - I understood what she meant when we saw some of the parents and students. We just built a house 1 year and a half ago and we love our neighborhood - our school district rates as "excellent". Needless to say all my son's friends will be attending this school, so the few times I even mentioned a different school he started to cry. My husband and I attended an open house over the weekend for a private school - we fell in love with it. It will be pretty expensive but we feel very strongly about giving them the best we feel we can give. Do I insist my son goes to this private school? Will this be detrimental to him in this stage of his development? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!