I don't think that there's a definite answer to your question, except, "it depends".
I'd first ask 'what kind of school'? public/private and what grades? Do the children
arrive on buses or do they walk or drive (especially if it's a high school). Check out
the parking situation -- will the school affect your ability to park on your street or
pull out of your drive-way easily? Do you have children at this time? Proximity to a
school that your own children attend can be a plus. Not being able to safely back out
of your drive-way in the morning can be a minus.
So, "it all depends" -- definitely go by the house in question around arrival time and dismissal times
-- to see what the traffic and noise are like.
It would be my plesure to assist you here in Westfield -- I've had 3 kids go thru the Westfield schools,
so I am familiar with the various traffic patterns and parking issues.
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