I am trying to find a way to compare St. Louis area parish schools and high schools. We are a little over a year way from my child starting kindergarten and I want us to be wherever we're going to permanently settle before she starts school. (I had to switch schools several times as a child and I don't want my children to ever have to do that if I can help it.) We are not currently close enough to the part of St. Louis County we want to live in for us to be able to speak to local people with direct experience.
We want to live somewhere in the South County area, with a little leeway. My immediate concerns are the quality of the education at any given parish school. Are there some parishes known better than others for their excellent K-8 programs (including strong, not wishy-washy, faith formation)?
I'm also baffled by the high school situation. Almost none of them seem to be co-ed. How do you handle having more than one child in high school at the same time if they are not all the same gender? I'm overwhelmed lately thinking about where to live so that getting one or two older kids to their school(s) doesn't take three hours out of everyone's day, what with traffic and younger siblings still at the parish school etc.
If anyone knows anything or has any opinions or experiences, please share. I don't know how many St. Louis people are here but I thought it would be a good place to start!