How far away from you are they?
I think this is my 100th post about choosing a middle school/neighborhood for my child. Each week I make a new decision about where we're going to live and where DS will go to school next year.
Anyway, I found an option that, on paper and from talking to other parents, I really like. There are so many things about the neighborhood and the school that seem great!
But, it's 30 to 45 minutes from my work, depending on traffic. I work in a school myself, which means no flexibility, so he'd be arriving home each day to an empty house and staying alone for up to 3 hours (at least on the 2 days a week when there's no late bus and afterschool activities).
I can't decide whether this is a dealbreaker. I can't really imagine being 45 minutes away if something went wrong. On the other hand, if I can get over this, there would be so many advantages over any other neighborhood/school we can afford (the school is very diverse, with great arts programming, high test scores, lots of afterschool activities etc . . . and in a neighborhood where we could afford a house, with a yard for the dog . . . ).
What do you think?