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Old 08-18-2017, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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So your kid is will be in middle school and you found a perfect school but you have to drive far.

How far is far for you? (by driving or using the school bus)

Is it really worth wasting extra 30 minute to an hour just driving the kids to better school when there is fine school a mile down the road?

This is will be my dilemma next year
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Old 08-18-2017, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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So your kid is will be in middle school and you found a perfect school but you have to drive far.

How far is far for you? (by driving or using the school bus)

Is it really worth wasting extra 30 minute to an hour just driving the kids to better school when there is fine school a mile down the road?

This is will be my dilemma next year
From what I put in bold it sounds like you answered your own question.
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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From what I put in bold it sounds like you answered your own question.
Yes, if the OP thinks its a waste of time to go to another school when the one down the road is perfectly fine, then they should probably just stick to the one down the road. Otherwise I feel like back to school night, parent teacher conferences, and other school activities would also be seen as a waste of time.

I would be fine with a 30+ minute drive for a better school, especially if there was bus service. If driving, I wouldn't mind as long as I had a family or two to share carpooling duties with.
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Here in Los Angeles, where public education goes to die, I drove 30+ minutes everyday each way to take my son to a private middle school. Luckily, when he got to high school, it was just 10 minutes away. The prime consideration should be the quality of the education, at least it was for me. My kid's worth an hour a day.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:58 PM
 
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Driving is no big deal. Try taking your 4 year old to a public school prek program by subway, bus, and walking with a stroller for 1.5 hours everyday in all sorts of weather. Older children travel for more than an hour too to get to school with public transportation combinations of bus/walking/subway in winter.
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Old 08-19-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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From what I put in bold it sounds like you answered your own question.
The house I bought is located in a most concentrated high ranked schools in our state, there are 5 of them within 5 mile radius.

The better school I was referring is actually one of the best HS in the nation, if that makes more sense and my kids got accepted to their primary program which is about a 6 miles. My eldest will be in 5th grade next year and their grade 5-12 location is about 15 miles or about 25 minutes drive from our house, that's an extra 15 minutes one way. I'm still fine with this but I keep my options open.

I know some parents who drive 1 hour just to bring their kids to a better school everyday. What about you?
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Old 08-19-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Driving is no big deal. Try taking your 4 year old to a public school prek program by subway, bus, and walking with a stroller for 1.5 hours everyday in all sorts of weather. Older children travel for more than an hour too to get to school with public transportation combinations of bus/walking/subway in winter.
Oh I can imagine But sometimes I wish public transportation exist here. I mean atleast when kids got older, they can commute by themselves.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:29 PM
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Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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I went to a 30-minutes-away HS.
We carpooled; parents took turns driving until we started getting our licenses, when we could drive ourselves. Yeah, parents checked out the driving skills of each of us before we could drive the carpool.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:03 PM
 
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So your kid is will be in middle school and you found a perfect school but you have to drive far.

How far is far for you? (by driving or using the school bus)

Is it really worth wasting extra 30 minute to an hour just driving the kids to better school when there is fine school a mile down the road?

This is will be my dilemma next year
We chose to send our two kids to a high school 40 miles each way from our house.

With traffic, it took me about an hour each way most days, but some days it could take well over an hour if traffic was really bad. Sometimes, I did two round trips in a day, when they had conflicting extracurriculars. And, of course, on weekends, they wanted to spend time with their school friends, who all lived quite a distance from our home, so that involved more driving.

My kids received a wonderful education.

But, to be honest, those years are a blur to me.

All I remember is being in the car going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth....

My kids mostly slept or did their homework in the car, so I didn't exactly spend quality time with them during those many hours. When my oldest got her driver's license, she started driving them to school a couple of times a week, but I worried constantly about the long drive for an inexperienced driver.

I don't regret the choice, but I'm not sure I'd make the same choice again.

I could live with a school closer to home that wasn't "perfect."

And, frankly, so could my kids.

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Old 08-19-2017, 01:26 PM
 
Location: For Pig Latin Ess-Pray Ee-Thray
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Getting there and back is just one part of it. Will you be willing to drive your kids to all their after school activities and to visit any friends they make at school. What if one wants to play a sport.

No kids but speaking as a kid who was a victim of forced busing I vote for the closer school especially since OP says its a fine school.

I missed out on a lot because my Mom worked and couldn't take me to after school activities etc.
Also Ive noticed that Moms tend to meet each other thru their kids. If most of your kids friends are far away then both of you will miss out. If your kids go to the closer school they & you will become more a part of the neighborhood.
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