Ideally how far should the school be ?

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anso 2011-01-11 11:24:29


Hello parents ,

I have a 3 yrs old son who is kindof hyperactive.He got admission in NAFL for next year(2011) for Montessori.Though we relocated from Canada recently and dint have a permanent place to live ,we went ahead with the admission.Now it seems that we have to move to South Bangalore for other family reasons.Now I am in a fix now .I dont know if I have to send my kid to NAFL as it is very far(prob 19 kms).But I like the school because he can get lot of personal attention (which he needs) as there are only few kids per class and also if we plan to move back to Canada it will be an easy transition for him.

I request all you parents to advise me regarding this as I am unable to make up my mind.Is it ok for the kids to be in school vans for 90 mins daily (2-way)?



DEEPSAI 2011-01-11 15:08:49



I've already done the mistake , you're thinking off... read on.

We had put our son in a school 14kms from our house. Good infra, only 22 kids /class personal care completely pampered.  Intially during the first year it was only 20 mins travel time. He was in pre kg then and bus wd come at 7:15 . that was ok. But with the vast development happening in our city in two years , bus started to come at 6:30, so now the trouble started. Waking the kid up early is a difficult task  and for this we'll need to put him to bed early .  That's one thing. But then getting him ready bath , loo, breakfast  on his part and then  we also need to hurry up packing lunch boxes.... ( school lunch was a way too expensive for a 3 year old... 25K)all in all a toll on everybody's mental and physical health.  

 You might feel the kid can sleep in the bus... but they've their group of friends there , they play.  By the end of day , child is cranky and so are you, coz you're already thinking of next day.    And the chilly weather and  early morn ride  did make my son fall ill very often.  he wd be down  with cold n fever.  Somehow managed last year , but for std 1 i changed school and we're a happy now. 

There are a lot of good schools in south bangalore , as per your requirement .  I think you shd try a school nearby.  And in case of emergencies it's the best.   ti=hink twice and wisely. Schools are very expensive and difficult to change in higher classes.



BrillAdith 2011-01-11 15:19:39


Hi Deepsai,

Is 5 km distance ok to travel for a pre-kg kid. Though I have not yet got admission, I am concerned about the morning schdule and stress level to the child.


 Former member 2011-01-12 09:44:17


5km is pretty decent, you should not worry at all.


 Former member 2011-01-12 10:10:37


Hi Anso,

I think if you are not dependent on school bus and you yourself will take of dropping/picking/car-pooling, then 19-20km is ok but  seeing current traffic, school bus will kill couple of active hours of child.   But NAFL is a very good school,you might regret leaving it.


anso 2011-01-12 11:59:48


Hello SSG and Deepsai,

Thank you so much for your prompt replies.

Deepsai - as you have mentioned there are lot of good schools but I am quite late for the school admissions now.I was thinking of putting him to NAFL for 1 year and see how things will be and if its going to be very problematic then seek admission for LKG in schools close to our place.Is it fair enough ? As SSG has mentioned NAFL is a good school and I dont want to take a bad decision. 


tmbsundar 2011-01-12 15:54:51


If you are looking at south Bangalore - you can look at Jnana Sweekar (Kanakapura road), RMS International (KP Rd) or BVM (new school - Nandi woods), Sudarshan Vidya Mandir (Jayanagar), St.Pauls (J.P. Nagar), Oxford (JP Nagar). There are also schools like Radcliffe, Sherwood High in Bannerghetta road. Jnana Sweekar has montessori if that's your concern.

Depending on which part in South Bangalore you are in you can even try Samhita Academy, Mitra Academy etc.,

It purely depends on your taste of which ones/ style you like.

You are not late for the admissions session. That's only an excuse, if you like NAFL so much and do not want to let it go....

To me, for a pre-kg kid the travel will be night marish and really the school wont make any difference at all in KG level.

But 19km travel 2 way either by school bus or on your own will take a toll on their kid's and your peace.



tmbsundar 2011-01-12 15:56:04


And to add, all these schools are open for admission as we speak...


 Former member 2011-01-12 16:51:29


I believe that

1. Not all schools are same.

2. Getting through good school later is more difficult than cracking competitive exmas most of the time.

3.  schools plays a major role in child's personality, you might have seen people doing extremely good even from not so good school but you will mostly find that their personality is not impressive most of the time, they are not that smart or blab blab ...

 But having said that making a child commute so much does increase risk, stress on parents and child and its a situation where leaving /accepting both seem equally confusing. I am also going through same dilemna and not able to decide whether relocation is a good option or not.


anso 2011-01-12 21:02:58


Hello tmbsundar,

I agree with you that there are so many schools which are still taking in kids.Tell me in the schools that you have mentioned how many schools take only 8 kids per year.As I have mentioned in my 1st post he needs induvidual attention and dont think there are many schools like that.There are such schools but they teach only till UKG.




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