Long story short, I LOVE the kids I work with, but I don't love my school. It's very focused on test scores and offers only two electives, one of which is PE. (This is a high school!) Extracurricular activities are few and far between. We boast about being college prep, yet we hold the students' hands the entire way and don't truly prepare them for college at all. Despite that, I'm relatively happy for the time being. My students are great. I love the classes I teach. However, not even looking for a new job, I stumbled upon openings at a dream school near home. My commute would be cut down by 30mn each way. Their educational philosophies match up with mine. I applied on a whim, as I was already in the system. I was contacted for an interview with the AP less than 24 hours later. I'm usually a nervous mess in interviews, but it went really well. Now, I'm going in to meet the principal tomorrow, and I think it's likely that I will be offered a position. I think I NEED to take it. Everything has just serendipitously fallen into place, and I feel like this is where I'm really meant to be. But, at the same time, I feel awful. I care about my students so much, and I'm worried they will be stuck with subs and mediocre teaching if I leave. How do I tell my current P and department chair? My colleagues will certainly look down their noses at me for leaving for a "better" school. It's at-will employment, though, so I can technically quit for any reason at any time. I'm not even totally sure why I'm posting this. Has anyone here left mid-year for a different job? Was it worth it? I know what I WANT to do, but I feel really guilty for it. Words of wisdom would be appreciated.