The area is very sound overall.
If you are asking which high school(s) Lake Windward feeds into, it's Alpharetta or Chattahoochee, which are both good choices.
There's a lot of school spirit in this area, so you'll get some who will tell you that Milton is better, or even Northview (another high school) which has some high testing score averages, but you can't go wrong with any of them.
Windward, which is a large planned community where the Lake Windward elementary school is located, is a great choice and has a wide variety of styles and housing prices, plus great swim/tennis & park facilities.
Katherine L. Morrison, Realtor
Team Realty Group
You can visit schooldigger.com and greatschools.net for thorough info and ratings on these schools.
For the 2010_2011 svhool year, Milton High ranked 24 and Alpharetta High ranked 50. But they are all good choice schools.
Both high school districts have great reputations. They are some of the best schools in Fulton County. Milton high is a newer high school, but in my opinion they are both very good academic schools. If your kids do play sports I think Alpharetta HS may be better in some fields.
Check out what other parents say about them at http://www.greatschools.org. Some of my clients have found the website very helpful. Call or email me with any additional questions you may have and I would be more than happy to help.
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