We are in a sought-after PS. I think the remote/hybrid experience gave me a deeper-than-usual insight into the US educational experience (I grew up abroad myself) and I want to re-evaluate. Ideally, I would like my kid to be in an environment that combines a. Academic rigor/high expectations, a place where scholarship is celebrated, b. True flexibility and open-mindedness in curriculum/instruction (e.g. DOB cannot be the major criterion in what a kid is learning), c. Encourages critical thinking, PBL, etc, in a way that doesn't contradict (a). I do not care about facilities, sports. I'm not sure if this exists or where to look for it.