I hope you had the chance to attend open houses for all the school you have in mind (blame DOE if you can't). I probably had school A B C D E in my mind. After seeing them in person, it is kind of like B A E C D now
Anyone have experience commuting from Eastern Queens (D25/D26) to Manhattan citywide?
How is it for a Kindergartener to commute daily, and are there buses from NE Queens? How is the bus ride, if there is one?
Trying to see if we should even list the manhattan schools, because even if we get a spot, I don't know if we could do the commute.
District 25 here. We were in your predicament last year and after trying out the commutes decided not to list any of the Manhattan schools. We are currently at Q300.
We live near the Grand Central and Astoria Boulevard and our commute by car still takes an average of 40 minutes in the morning just to get to Astoria. Morning traffic is heavy. Any bus will encounter the same difficulties. I would estimate a minimum 1.5 hour commute each way if you are planning on a bus from NE Queens to Manhattan. That's brutal. Also, remember that the schools don't excuse tardiness for private bus students. With that type of distance and accompanying traffic, expect your child to be late on a regular basis. This will cause problems with the schools.
The Manhattan schools for D25/26 only make sense if you're near the LIRR (and can take your child to school each day). Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend the commute.