I don't know that I can think of anything that I'd consider "odd" - it all depends on the situation. I currently don't know my neighbors on either side...but then, they both just moved in and I haven't seen any of them yet. I'm sure I'll meet them eventually, but I would feel intrusive just running over to greet them unless we were both outside at the same time or something. We have new neighbors two doors down as well, but they painted the front door yellow before they moved in, so I'll probably just leave them alone. ;~)
As far as the schools, that depends on the situation also. GAB has no children and no reason to care about schools, and didn't know the schools for his neighborhood until I told him. If I hadn't lived near there when I was in school and gone to school with his neighbor's kids, he might never have known.
Now, if someone lived somewhere for many years and never knew anything about the neighbors or the neighborhood, I might consider that somewhat odd, but I'd just figure that they had their own good reasons for having it that way.
Our neighborhood has always had bussing because our community is right off a fairly major highway that students either have to cross or walk along to get to the closest schools. It was one of the tradeoffs I made in choosing to buy in the county. I wanted the good schools and couldn't afford to live in one of the neighborhoods where the kids could walk.
John enrolled in a magnet program during his high school years, and the school system provided busses to that high school for him, although most of the time he rode his bike (and then later, drove).
"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .
It's the same here. The elementary school that serves our neighborhood is actually only 2.5 blocks from my house, but there's a major intersection in between so the kids ride the bus. Some kids actually walk further to the bus stop than they would to school.
We only know some of our neighbors.
I have several neighbors whose names I do not know.
"But my daughter knows the name of every dog. So some of our neighbors are known as "Bear's Owner" or "Riley's Owner.""
LOL, that is how I was with most of the mothers at school and in the hood when dd was younger. Typically I either did not know their names or else I could not remember their names, so they were known as "Anna's mom," "John's mom" etc.
I would find it odd to not know if one of my neighbors had children.
Depends on the distance of the neighborhood as well as the schedules of all involved.
It depends on the neighborhood.
I know the first names of most of my neighbors, their dogs' names, their kids' names if they have them. The ones who have been in the neighborhood for a long time, I know what their cars look like and those of regular visitors.