Without taking the commute & price range into consideration North Fulton the cities of Alpharetta & Roswell. Also in my opinion is the city of Marietta in Cobb County. For 2008 the Marietta city schools now offer its choice academies program at all seven of its seven elementary schools. That means Marietta City residents may now send their child to their zoned school or ANY of the outstanding elementary schools in the district. Each elementary facility offers a specific learning program so parents can choose the school that best fits their childâ€™s skills and interest. This would be an excellent option if you love a certain house or neighborhood, but prefer the program at a different Marietta elementary school.
Marietta City Schools continues to be a shining star in COBB County educational system:
â€¢ They been listed among Newsweekâ€™s â€œTop U.S. School Systemsâ€ for several years in a row
â€¢ The 2008 Georgia State Teacher of the Year is from MCS
â€¢ Marietta High School is consistently named in among top 5% of all US high schools
All of MCS met state progress goals in 2007 (only 29% of all Georgia school districts accomplished this goal)
Doug I would be more than happy to discuss with you the schools in the areas & can be contacted at 678.784.4440.
John J. Reinhardt
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
I will be happy to email you properties that are for sale in the area, just let me know your exact criteria. I look forward to hearing from you.
There are many great schools, both public and private. Are you looking for a suburban or intown environment? This will affect the neighborhoods and schools you consider. To specifically answer your question, yes... you'll have to choose a house by the zoning of the school. I have several links to intown school we are involved with here in the Grant Park area: http://www.GrantParkExpert.com
Here's a list of geographic areas with the "best public schools" that I compiled for Heather from Trulia last month
parts of city of Alpharetta
unincorporated East Cobb's Marietta
parts of Suwanee
parts of City of Atlanta
parts of Decatur both city and unincorporated
parts of Dunwoody, unincorporated Dekalb
immediate demographic, geographic and psychographic charter schools metro wide all operating on unique criteria
So, how do you determine which school is a "good school?" I added a link to an article regarding the insights of "Atlanta Parent" magazine - I've found that the folks behind Atlanta Parent and Atlanta Baby are really thorough and they have a solid grasp on the needs of parents in our city.
That being said, Georgia schools statewide are among the worst in the USA, and in order to make the best public school placement for your 5th grader, judge the few that merit any scores above a national level. Start with them - the geographical choices that I mentioned offer you a wide array of choices that should offer a fit that works best for you, your commute, your family and the education of your child.
The real story is how charter schools are reinvigorating education across Georgia. The abject failure of our system statewide requires remarkable change agency, and charter schools must deliver change or they go extinct.
You can certainly pick just one school and go from there, but striking a counterbalance between your quality of life, your family's lifestyle, and your child's school choice ... and your commute(s) ... is paramount.
The good news - you have a lot of choices in many price ranges.
I happen to live in an area with some of the best public schools. I myself do not have any children but I know that people pay more to live here for the schools. I do have relatives that attend the schools here. Check out the following areas. Briarcliff and Oak Grove are excellent.. There are a several other areas. A good way to do your own research is to go online and pull up the SAT scores and other rating for both Dekalb and Fulton county.
In what part of Atlanta will you be working? Are you open to a 45-minute commute? What style of house is best for you and your family? Is your price range less than $350K? More than $500K? Answers to these questions enable us to better answer your question about school districts.
We could say the Higgledy-Piggledy district is the highest ranking in Atlanta. And yet, if housing prices start at $600K and your price range is $300-350K, the information is meaningless.
With all that said... to help our clients we have made The Report Card for Parents available on our site.
The Report Card for Parents is primarily designed to give parents information about their schools. It also provides valuable information for discussions that will help parents make informed decisions about the quality of public schools in Georgia.
The testing and evaluation of Georgiaâ€™s children generate an enormous amount of statistical data. The Report Card for Parents transforms this mountain of data into an understandable ranking of Georgiaâ€™s public schools. Access the reports using the link below.
http://www.greatschools.net is a very good source for school infomation, There are many good schools to choose from in the metro Atlanta area. We live in Windward in Alpharetta, GA . Schools are Lakewood and Creekview Elementary, Webb Bridge Middle and Alppharetta High....all very good schools. Almost any North Fulton or South Forsyth School ranks high in our state. You are right in thinking your daughter should be eligible to attend any public school as long as you live in that schools district. Please contact us at 770-906-0317 if you would like to discuss this further or visit our website at http://www.keylocationsforyou.com.