I'll be moving to the US in the next few months. Being a Brit, I've never experinced the US public school system. My wife did, but it was 20 some years ago and she's lived in England for 10 years so her experience is to some extent out of date. I have 2 children. A daughter aged 10 and a son who will be 8 soon. We will likely be living in the suburbs in the midwest. I'd be intersted in some views about what I should be looking for as we look at deciding where they should go to school. What are the best / worst qualities of public schools in the US? Are there legal limits to the number of teachers per student? Do successful schools place more emphasis on education than others, or is a "well-rounded" education (sports, extra-curricular activities) proven to turn out better rounded kids? How big of an issue is security in schools? I recognise of course that this calls for huge generalization, and I will of course be researching it in detail, but this seemed like a decent place to start as opinions on these boards seem to cover a wide range of views. Grateful for any insights you can give, and thanks in advance.