OK. It’s midnight and I can’t sleep because my husband and I are in the midst of a big decision. . . Where to live when we move to Atlanta.
It used to be so easy BK (Before Kids). We could just up and move (it never seemed quite that easy at the time, but now it seems like a cake walk). Now we have to consider commute times (so we can be home to be with Boog and Hercules), daycare and doctor locations, neighborhoods, and (gulp!) schools. Oh. And that pesky price thing too.
After a LOOONG weekend of looking at houses in Atlanta, GA we’ve narrowed it down to two houses and what differentiates them is making it really difficult for me to compare them and make a decision.
Here’s the summary: It comes down to a house/cost vs. school decision
• House: Love It! (no work needed & lower price)
• Neighborhood: Love it! (down street from swim/tennis, nice open feel to the streets, active community)
• Schools: OK (score a 7 & 8 out of 10) but most people (60%) send their kids to private school; principal is new and supposedly great
• House: OK (older, needs work & has a higher price)
• Neighborhood: Good (on a cul de sac, active community with swim/tennis, streets seem a bit busier, but people rave about it and never seem to leave – they even move within the neighborhood a lot)
• Schools: Great! (score a 10) and almost everyone sends kids to public
Bottom Line/Biggest questions:
• How important is it for kids to go to school with kids in their own neighborhood? We’re thinking that it’s important to build these relationships; otherwise they won’t really know as many kids in the neighborhood; they’d be outsiders to all the private school kids. (because our children would attend the public schools)
• How much do lower scoring kids “drag down” other kids? (I’m of course assuming here that Boog and Hercules will be on the higher scoring realm, but I could be wrong) Is this the reason for the lowers scores for the elementary school near house #1?
I was totally leaning towards House #1, but now I’m thinking that we’d be chancing it with that option and I don’t want to “chance” Boog and Hercule’s futures. I’d appreciate any advide on questions above. I’m not assuming it’ll make my decision easy, but it would be great to have more input and thoughts — especially since I’ve never gone through having an elementary student before!