This is a conundrum I face at present. For various reasons, we are not entirely sure where we will be living in the next year or two – which makes planning school for young Joey and Lambkin hard! But we have a rough idea of possible locations.
One potential location is in the greater Brisbane area. So far in my research, I have found a Montessori school that sounds like a great fit for our family. The major issue is, if we live close to that school, we will be a substantial distance from hubby’s work. The best case scenario is living in a suburb that puts us about 30 minutes from school, 40 minutes from work.
This begs the question –
Is a 30 minute drive to school too long?
I don’t even know yet how much peak hour traffic affects this route. Perhaps it’s even longer!
If you live in a rural area and have no other choice, you may have to put your kids on a school bus for an hour long trip to school. In the city, however, an optional hour long round-trip twice per day through city traffic is a big commitment.
Just jotting these pros and cons down, I can already see that the cons likely outweigh any great benefits the school can provide. Do I love the Montessori framework enough to accept the drawbacks? Is there a closer school that would suffice? Back to the research I go!
I am curious – what would you do? What have you done? How far would you travel for an amazing school?
A mum of two trying to find her way through the Australian school system.