I'm a board floater, and this is my first post here.
I just had a big move thrown upon me (I'm Army), and I'm going to have to have to uproot my family from DC to Washington State. In DC there are tons of great preschools of all kinds. I've quickly learned that the same is not true in Wash State. Without having a lot of time to visit all of them myself, I think the best bet for a solid program is Montessori.
My concern is that when I visited a Montessori school here a while ago, all of the kids seemed so quietly attentive and dedicated. I wasn't sure my DS (3 y/o) could do it. He is currently in an outdoor nursery program where they embrace his "wild man" side. I work every day assessing children with ADHD, and I am certain that if his behavior doesn't change with age, I will be taking him to my own clinic in a few years. But for now, I want a place where he will be happy and not looked down upon for his free spirit. I guess I envision him tearing through the classroom, stepping on others' mats and using materials in his own ways.