We're homeschooling now but I'm considering school for next year. DS will be in 2nd grade. The school district here is awful. I always swore I'd never send him here. I had friends when I was a teen that went to school here and they confirmed it's as bad as everyone says. The graduation rate is awful and they are cutting their budget left and right. My friends with kids here currently are looking at their options to get them out as well. If you have any sort of SN or giftedness, you are out of luck, you just won't get what you need. I just can't go from being passionate about homeschooling and his education and just tossing him to the sharks (well, that's how I see it).
As it stands I will already have to drive DS to and from school. It's too far to walk and the route is along roads with no sidewalks and lots of curves, then up the busiest street in town. It's 1.5 miles there and back. I will be starting school in the fall and plan to schedule my classes around drop off and pick up times because I don't see another option (no busing due to budget cuts). We have a bunch of school districts within the 10-15 mile range. Some do not do open enrollment and some do. The best one (and closest) in the area does not, unfortunately. I'm wondering what other parents think is a reasonable commute time to get their child in a good school? I know my mom did 30 minutes each way for one year when we had to move out of the school district. That seems like so long to me, but I do appreciate that she did that for us. But with gas prices these days...eek!