Just like MammaTasha1003 said, it depends on the school. You'll want to know how long it has been in existance, what the situation was that caused the school to be created (bad neighborhood, failing classes, etc.) and what their track record has been. The state department of education will have statistics on it. Talk with parents whose kids are there AND those who've taken their kids out. You want to hear positives and negatives about the place. Finally, go visit it yourself and see what its philosophy is, what the facility is like, and how the classrooms are run. You'll get a better feeling for it once you see it in person.
at 1:18 PM on Jun. 7, 2011