Hi, Wendy. I'm on Medicare, so I'm a little out of it when it comes to evaluating schools outside of the Arlington area, where I live. That being the case, I have found a bunch of Web-based resources for doing this. The Web site, the URL of which should appear with this E-mail, is a pretty good source for parent evaluations of private schools.
I don't know how long you have been away from the area, but in the last two years, major construction projects have and are continuing to have major bad impacts on traffic here in Northern Virginia. The County and Virginia Department of Transportation Web sites are must-visits. I would take one more step: I would go to the Washington Post's (sorry!) Web site, and look at the Doctor Gridlock columns and correspondence for the last six months. You can always contact me with any specific questions you may have, Wendy.