Of course everyone’s personal experience is different, but for us we’ve moved to a place for the schools and we couldn’t be happier with them.
Back before we moved, we started our eldest in a Title 1 school where we used to live, which had great teachers and small class sizes, but our experience wasn’t good. Every year it seemed our son, who is very bright, liked school less and he kept asking to be home schooled until in 3rd grade I finally gave in. However, my son would fight doing work every day and after awhile I didn’t want to be his teacher anymore. Home school was not a good fit for us although I did find a great homeschooling community that I still miss.
So we finally moved out of the area where we had been living to a new area 45 minutes away from our old community that has some of the best schools in the state and it’s been a great experience for us. We are in a HCOL area but the good schools are worth it. They attract a lot of families like ours and we’re finding that every time a house goes for sale around us a family with kids and/or babies moves in. Also, when I compare what my daughter did in kindergarten last year to my son the difference is really noticeable. I felt as if she got a much better education. Also, I think she has a better experience with her peers than my son. And for my son, he is starting middle school this year and it seems to be going really well so far.
I think homeschooling is great, but it is hard. Every year you need to decide if it’s the best fit for your family. Some years and/or kids it won’t be. And that’s ok. I know multiple families who have done all three forms of schooling (public, private, home) over the years and their kids have thrived.