I am writing to ask for advice about how long you think is too long of a commute for elementary schoolers.
Do you think that 45 minutes to 1 hour each way is OK, or too much? The commute would be mostly by city bus and a little way on foot. There is no school-bus service that we would qualify for - I've exhaustively investigated that. My husband would go with the kids in the morning (departing at 7:30 or so), and I would pick them up in the evening (at 6:00). We also looked into driving as an alternative. It would make the commute quite a bit longer in the morning, and somewhat shorter in the evening, based on traffic.
I think it's too much time spent in transit and would prefer to send the kids to a parochial school (not my religion, but a fine school) near our home. My husband is a member of that religion and is generally OK with the school but wants to apply to several magnet schools. Some of these magnets have great programs, to be sure, but each of them is 45 minutes to an hour (or more) away, in terms of commute times. I am picturing exhausted kids, arriving home at 7:00 each night after 9 1/2 hours at school, with no opportunity to play in the evenings, no opportunity to cook dinner together or eat peacefully together, just rush, rush, rush.
What do you think? Thanks!