Louisville your children get sent to one of four schools in the neighborhood where you live. You get to write down your choices but ultimately the city picks where your child will go to school. Overall Louisville ranks 4 out of 10 for their schools with 10 being the best. Therefore you could move to an area with a school that is ranked an 8 but your child could end up in a school that is ranked a 1. They also have magnet schools which specialize in certain curriculum such as arts or science and then there are traditional schools but you get no guarantees about which school your child will actually attend.
With this said we have two other options for where we live; move
to a city outside of Louisville or send the kids to private schools. The
majority of private schools charge between $10,000 and $14,000 per child per year and they get a $200 application fee (per child) that is non-refundable. Therefore if your child is not accepted into the school, you still lose the application fee.
Christian and secular curriculum emphasizing traditional values and ideas. The school is grade 1 through 12. The cost to send two kids to the school is around $8,000 per year which is far less than other schools in the area. The first thing that struck me as odd is the outside of the school. It looks like a castle and throughout the student handbook they talk about the students achieving a knight status.
Another weird thing is that this school has car cruises once per
month during the school year. Classic cars line up in the parking lot and they have a car show of sorts. This is major fund raising for the school but students and parents are expected to help with the events. You can tell it’s a family friendly redneck event because the rules state: No; Fussin, Cussin, Fightin, Drinkin or Spittin.
Quiznos, Subway, Pizza Hut and other fast food restaurants. For $10,000 per student you would think they could come up with something better than that. My kids obviously want to go to that school! (I secretly do too!)
With the private schools being so expensive (and weird) we
started looking into living in different counties with great schools. Oldham and Bullitt Counties seem to be the best areas so that is where we are house hunting. But there aren’t a lot of houses for sale because everyone else is in the same boat, they are moving so their kids get sent to good schools.
The other thing that limits our house choices is that I will not move into a house that doesn’t have a basement and most houses in the area do
not. Out of 66 houses in one of the counties there are only 4 houses with
basements and we looked at all 4 of those. And two of the four were walkout ranches which really aren’t true basements at all. I find it strange that in an area that gets tornadoes that there aren’t more homes with basements. Where do people go, what do they do? A basement is one thing I won’t compromise on. Thank you Iowa for teaching me that lesson!
So my question for the day is this: If you live in a house with no basement, what do you do if there is a tornado coming?