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For basic, entry level sailing instruction, I think you should stick with one of the big, established sailing schools, like Annapolis Sailing School. They have taught thousands of people for many years, and their experienced staff use well developed, standardized teaching materials and methods. The quality of their teaching is reasonably assured by the quality of their materials and methods. The quality of teaching in smaller, locally owned schools is more likely to depend on the quality of each teacher. If you get a good teacher, you'll get good instruction.
If you want instruction in a special area, such as racing or offshore cruising, then there are schools that specialize in those areas and that are much better than the bigger schools that focus on more generalized instruction.