By GreatSchools Staff
While it can be tempting to try for a school that's on the top of everyone's list, first make sure the school meets your practical needs. For instance, if you have to be at work at 8:30 and school starting time is 9:00 — with no early-morning care — it's probably a deal breaker. By the same token, if there's no bussing, but the school is 10 miles away, it may not be a good fit for your family. Finally, if it's difficult or impossible for you to send your child to school with a lunch, ask if the school provides one and how much it costs (public schools all offer a free lunch for those families who qualify).
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