Originally Posted by physmom
So here are my questions:
- Do you own your home? Have you talked about moving before? How far is this school from your DH's work? Is it a good neighborhood? What are housing prices there?
- The fact that the Montessori school is preschool through high school sounds wonderful but what is the school like besides that? Could you try the school out for a year (while commuting) to make sure you like it first before you make a move?
- What's your gut feeling about your school choices? I see you live in Sweden so I'm assuming your public schools vary from the typical American school...
We'll own our home in 2 years and yes we considered moving to the neighborhood where the Montessori is only last month but the house (actually the wing of the of a1920's hospital) would have cost too much heat and renovate. We fell in love with the neighborhood (the whole area is a culture/historic preservation site, an island that was a mental institution in the 20's...yes, like Shutter Island but with a bridge). We currently live 15 minutes from the job DH will start in August. The school is 40 minutes in the wrong direction. The neighborhood is great, close to a small city, but on the water, near forest and farms, lots of biking possiblities and families. Right around the school (the old hospital area) is a little expensive and hard to get. We could buy property 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the school and build a house. Then we will NOT own our home in two years...but can afford the mortgage. DH will be 1 hour from work (but in the countryside so no traffic...he doesn't mind).
We are very impressed with the school. It seems wonderful, esp the JHS and HS! I could drive her back and forth but it may be "unfun", esp for little brother who won't start until Fall 2012. DD is in the local nursery school 15 hours a week and happy. I'm afraid the commute may taint the experience...
- local school can't provide what she needs in the long run but OK for now.
-15 minute away school is probably a good choice...everyone is raving...we could stay in this house...but they will be a drive from all friends...
-Montessori appeals to us...and so does the neighborhood, but a move is of course a little daunting. You know what you have right?! But we do think it important for kids to be able to bicycle to friends' houses so as I said we probably need to move no matter what.
Thanks for your thoughts!
Edited by foodmachine - 5/25/11 at 8:37am