I am a HS culinary arts instructor in Delaware. I have several students that have moved on to the Restaurant School at Wlanut Hill College as well as the Art Institute in Philly. Additionally, I have a few at Baltimore It'l. With few exceptions, I hear about the same thing from each of them: they like the programs, it can get expensive and housing is often less than appealing. I just visited a student out at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh and she is really liking it, thus far. Her housing was pretty nice. As for a bit further of a drive, I have had students every year go to New England Culinary Institute; it is not for everyone (like any program). It is tough and they don't mess around. It is also a quite a bit more rural than those mentioned above. Lastly, several students have gone the path of J&W in both No. Carolina and Miami, with the same results; satisfied, if not a bit overpriced, but I think that is all relative.
My best advice? Go visit.
Good luck on your journey.