Marx wrote:I personally, look down my nose at parents who send their children off to the ‘best schools’.
I'm sure the feeling is mutual
I pestered my parents into letting me apply to go to a "better" school - a selective government school in the Western 'burbs of Sydney.
For that first couple of years, that locked us into a 40 minute each way car-pool drop-off (shared between three families), until the railway line was finished (one of the joining links in Sydney's increasingly non-radial rail system). We took an hour and half, on two trains and a bus to get home every day. The train went through at the start of year 9, cutting an hour off my afternoon commute, and giving our collective parents an extra hour and a half on their rostered mornings.
The other option - probably 20 minutes drive away , or a bit over half an hour by bus - the local state school where my sister went, was one of those typical western suburban  under-achieving schools that don't quite make it on to the Today Tonight outrage files because they're in the not-quite-bad-enough tier, along with so many other schools that nobody cares about... least of all the staff and students. It was the kind of school that you take the opportunity of avoiding if you're able. So I did, and I reckon I did okay out of it.
1.5 hours by PT was pretty harsh... getting home not long before 5 each afternoon in year 7 and 8. Two hours each way is beyond reasonable... especially considering the distances are really not all that great in this case.
 when my parents built in about 1970, in a new subdivision, probably comparable with Keilor in Melbourne, they were within 2km of both an existing primary school and a proposed high school... which was never built.
 why is it that "western suburbs" has the same connotations, regardless of the city?