Or have you in the past?
I don't know if this counts as an answer to your question, because we're not moving, but we are looking at independent schools for our son, who will enter HS next year. Our local public high school is academically excellent, but not a good fit socially for DS. He has spent 3 hellish years in middle school, depressed and not thriving in spite of therapy and every intervention you can think of, and since it's all the same kids goingto the HS, we're not going to send him there if we can help it.
All of the schools to which he has applied are at least 20 miles from our house, so yes, we'll do whatever it takes to get him to a place where he can thrive. The part that makes me really sad is that when I see how nurturing some of these private schools are, I regret that we didn't even consider offering them to our DD. She's a sophomore and really loves school, but I keep thinking how much she would have enjoyed some of the things the independent schools would have offered her.
DS's SSAT scores arrived today and they are excellent, so in spite of having almost no extracurriculars ( a lovely side effect of depression), we are hopeful that at least one of these $$$, far away schools will see him as the bright kid he is and let him in.
We did. We were renting a house when the older girls were toddlers, we purposefully bought in the best neighborhood we could afford for the schools. Then ended up commuting to a hybrid homeschool/regluar school charter school. And finally moved again to the midwest. I would definitely consider
Miranda in rural BC, Canadamom to three great kids and one great grown-upunschooler, violist, runner, doc
We've lived in an area with decent neighborhood elementary schools since before our kids were born.
We moved when my oldest was entering 3rd grade, mostly because with a third child on the way our house was way too small.