QOTW: Would you move for a better school?

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QOTW: Would you move for a better school?
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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 5:29am

Or have you in the past?

Suzanne

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Sat, 01-22-2011 - 9:03am
We moved for dh's job, where we live on site, a twenty minute drive to the nearest town, in part of a five county cluster with a total population of 10,000. We've always homeschooled, which is fortunate because my the town's schools would be an exceedingly poor fit for dd17 and dd13 - one is dyslexic and the other puts the Energizer Bunny to shame (now I think I'm getting a taste of what it must have been like to raise dh)... ds19 finished high school here and is now an A student at college, so that worked out ok. Anyhow, our location/situation means a lot of driving, adaptation (dd17's is passionate about music and art but spending most of her time on the latter), and out of the box education. For example, a recent family vacation to visit my sisters in a big city included a saxopohone lesson for dd17, who loves her town and gown jazz ensemble here, but finds it hard to practice when her regular teacher, whom she sees a couple of times a year for a few weeks, lives 2500 miles away. So...to make a long answer short, we moved away from educational opportunities for our kids to take a low paying, high challenge personal opportunity for dh...because when the family cannot thrive when the primary breadwinner is unhappy with his job. And the benefits seem to outweigh the disadvantages, most of the time!

Deborah
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Fri, 02-04-2011 - 9:02pm
We were in the "Good" school district - but it didn't meet our needs and was pretty crappy overall, just better than the rest of the schools in the district. We could not afford to move, so we homeschooled. We are now in a better district in another state, but our local elementary school is not so great as it is in the "low rent" area (which I personally find repulsive that the schools are so divided economically. There should be a mixture, but this is how the town was built.) So we still homeschool, and actually never thought of doing otherwise because it really meets our needs. Besides, I hate fighting with school people, and I would be due to my son's special needs, being twice exceptional.

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