DS's elementary school is about half a mile away. He walks there with Dad or me nearly every day, even in rain or snow. The only exception is a thunderstorm, and he was bummed the one time that happened last year. DD and I usually walk to pick him up, but if she's recently fallen asleep or we get distracted and are leaving late, we take the car and park near the intersection by the school to which the walkers are escorted. There are a ton of people who do that every day, even those who live as close as we do.
DD's preschool is about 5 miles away and it takes 20-25 minutes because I have to drive through downtown and past the university campus. It's a pain, but it's only one morning a week and I absolutely love the philosophy of the school. She also goes one morning a week to a Mother's Day Out program at a church in our neighborhood. It takes 10 minutes to walk and 2 year old pace, including distractions. I'm planning to keep her at the preschool 5 miles away for their 3 and 4 year old program, but it's really tempting to send her to the church preschool for those years because it's so darn convenient.
Happy transplanted resident of the "not so deep" South. Married to a great man for 9 years and counting. Mom to two wonderful gifts from God: DS (8) always moving, atypically thinking, ballet dancing boy and long-awaited DD (2) cuddly, curious, fearless, book loving girl.
We're about 5 miles away and it's about a 10 minute drive there Straight down the highway and just off the road into the school. It's a small county school with a little over 700 kids for K-12 so pick up/drop off goes quick. Drop off is pull in/pull out and pick up takes maybe up to 15 minutes depending on when you get in line but is still very quick. They ride the bus sometimes and then they leave around 6:50 am and return around 3:20 pm (compared to drop off around 7:45 and pick up/gone by 3:05).
Michelle mom to DD , DS , & lil DD plus and spending my days
Without dd - 10 mins. door to door including walking to the parking in apt. complex and parking etc. With dd 10-12 mins.
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My 13 year old dd has just started the 8th grade after homeschooling all of her life. Our neighborhood comprehensive high school for grades 7 though 12 is only a few blocks away, but we've heard so many reports of severe problems with violence, bullying, and gang activity at that school that we don't see it as an option. We'd actually planned on homeschooling all the way through, but school is an experience that dd1 really wants.
So she interviewed with our district's fine and performing arts magnet school high school for grades 7 though 12, and got accepted for this fall. It's 7.5 miles away, but because it's a magnet school, she gets to ride the bus with some other kids in our neighborhood who attend the same school. She has to catch the bus at about 6:20 in the mornings, school starts at 7:20, and then school lets out at 2:40 and she gets home around 3:30. On the days when she stays late practicing for the school musical, the district provides a late bus and she gets home close to 6.
She is really enjoying herself, and sometimes she does her homework on the bus to allow herself more free time when she gets home. And she hasn't observed any bullying at her school thus far. Since it's a magnet school, they don't accept any kids with chronic behavior problems, plus I think kids with a creative bent tend to be more compassionate and tolerant of those who are different. Although 8th grade is never an easy time wherever you go, the environment dd describes sounds practically nurturing compared to what I remember from my own 8th grade year. And that's not to say that it's perfect or that everyone is always nice -- it's just safer, both emotionally and physically, than what I believe she'd be experiencing at our neighborhood comprehensive.
It's also an excellent fit for dd, because she loves acting and wants to pursue it as a career.
The youngest goes to a K-12 school that is a better fit for him. About 2 miles and he bikes it unless the roads are hideous or it's below freezing. It is on the way to my work.
I just learned from dd that this isn't strictly true. There have been some kids put on probation for fighting, but dd still wants to stay at her school.
Three blocks. Takes me 25 mins to walk my 4 yr old. But we play and dawdle on the way. And then it is 1 more block walk to my work. It is great to live, work, school, shop, entertain, etc all in the same community. I love my walkable community.
Me 40 . Partner to mamacolleen 33 . DD born July 2009 . Twin boys born Nov 2012.
We are a family that loves
we lived that life till dd was 6 years old. it was wonderful to bring up an extrovert in a walkable community. we even had the river beach near us to fulfill our nature kick. esp. since dd didnt start wearing shoes till she started K.
It's not how far we live from the school-- it's how they get there. I pulled my kids from a charter school a couple of years ago when I was hired as a night nurse. It was just NOT working out (and I was not safe to drive) for me to drive 8.5 miles round trip to get them from school. I enrolled them in public school and their bus stop is conveniently very close by. Now I can get a full sleep after a night of work, and they can get themselves home.
We live 15 minutes from the private school my 11 yr old attends this year. She is the only one in school right now for two more years until my 4 year old starts kindergarten (cut off dates are too late here!). My oldest is in college now. The daycare for my 4 year old is on the way to the school my older daughter attends. We take it year by year.
Single (divorced), self-employed working, college student MOM to:
17 yr old
11 yr old
4 yr old
My daughter currently attends the world's most lovely and nurturing montessori preschool (ok I may be biased), but it is a 30 minute drive. So and hour in the car with my 2 year old, and then 2.5 hours later we turn around and do it all over again (it's also in the middle of nowhere, so it isn't very feasible to find local things to do while she is at school). When we originally enrolled her, it was more like 18 minutes (we moved) and somehow that extra 12 minutes (times 4= 48 minutes!) makes a huge difference for me mentally. That combined with new baby in December, has made us conclude that letting her finish her Kindergarten year there, next year and sending her brothers there for preschool is just not going to work for our family. I am so torn about it, because I seriously love it there, and we cannot afford Montessori closer to home. But next year, her kindergarten will be 1 mile up the road, walkable in nice weather, and we will find an in town preschool for our son. I really think it will make a huge difference for all of us, to spend less time driving.
Last year my kids were in a pre-school about 6 miles away, and ~18 minute drive each way.
This year they are in pre-school about 5 blocks from our house, and they walk (with their au pair) both ways, unless the weather is severe.
Next year older DD will be in kindergarten, and the neighborhood school is also about 5 blocks- but in a different direction from the preschool, so it might not work to walk them both on days they both go to school. Younger DD will be 3 so we'll have her in pre-school 3-4 days per week. We might put older DD in a different school (also public but an alternative school) which would be about 3 miles away, which would probably be a 6-10 minute drive (no bridge). There would also be a school bus option for that school. Decisions, decisions.