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@Geoffrey, Proximity is a big deal. My older kid is going to high school next year and we considered Walls and Wilson. Wilson seems like the best fit for our kid for a variety of reasons, but it did not help that our kid would have had to ride a bus to the Metro and then ride two trains, or one train and then walk from Farragut North, to get to Walls each day (the new campus at Francis would make the trip a little faster).

School choice is great, but the downside of a long commute can limit school choice.

Our kids have had the benefit of local schooling with most of the kids in their classes from our neighborhood. Not only is commuting easier, but play dates are much simpler and its easier for families to get to school for different community events. My kids invariably see their classmates when they go to the neighborhood park or local stores on weekends. I am always amazed at how much driving my neighbors do with kids in private school. Much easier to walk or drive a few blocks (the downside is local schools tend to be less diverse).

by Turtleshell on Jan 24, 2013 5:09 pm • linkreport

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