I just touched on schools in my latest newsletter.
Bottom line is that GA isn't lighting the world on fire compared to other states. That said, there are pockets in and around metro Atlanta that have quality schools. Test scores are very important but I also like my clients to consider stats like matriculation rate, how many students go to four year colleges and where they go, how involved is the community with the school, how are the feeder schools.....on and on. Property values and school reputation go hand in hand.
Here are couple of good sites: http://schools.ajchomefinder.com/ http://www.greatschools.net/schools/cities/Georgia/GA
It's my opinion that the combination of best schools, best homes, easy asscess and demonstrated market appeal can be found in East Cobb (Marietta), Roswell, and Alpharetta. Matt hit the button, you will pay for that desirability but you will also benefit in many different ways. Even within these areas, there will be differences.
Of course there will be other opinions, but that's mine! My team and I speak our minds - please let me know if we can help you!
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
REMAX Greater Atlanta
I agree with just about everything you said up to the point about it being off season for schools - I'll go half way on that.
Naturally the spring and summer are the prime times for moving and most people want to get their kids set prior to the start of the school year. That said, Atlanta still ranks in the top tier for relocation activity. I wind up with a significant number of buyers that have to relocate outside of their desired time frame. I like to track how clients search for homes off my site â€“ school district has always in the top three over the last several years.
Of the six â€œEast Cobbâ€ schools conventional wisdom puts Walton, Pope and Lassiter at the top. Wheeler has a great math and technology program for gifted students and Kell and Sprayberry continue to improve.
After presenting data to my buyer clients including school data, demographics, housing prices and options, taxes, commuting times, recreationâ€¦I find about an even split between East Cobb and the North Fulton schools. In my opinion, a big advantage to East Cobb is the fact that the area is essentially set; thereâ€™s no further large development coming which means redistricting isnâ€™t on the radar. North Fulton continues to grow (albeit much slower now) and new schools are on the docket â€“ which will result in redistricting. Of course the counter is those new schools are tremendously equipped. Both areas have strong parental involvement, excellent community relations and strong market appeal.
As for your home, Iâ€™ve seen the same â€œEmpty Nesterâ€ buyers singing the same songs â€“ let it go in one ear and out the other. You can buy more house in those other school districts because those school districts underperform compared to yours, exactly what this thread is about. I brief my buyers that even if they think schools arenâ€™t important, they impact value and marketability.
On a side note â€“ this economy is a disaster as we all know and the number of buyers remains low. That said, homes are moving and at this time I think PRICE has usurped LOCATION as top dog. By that I mean my clients know where they want to be but when it comes to offering homes for their consideration, price establishes the hard cap. There are plenty of homes for sale at very aggressive prices in the very best school districts â€“ price is more of a factor than ever before. Weâ€™re not going to see the â€œhow much more a month will that one cost meâ€ buyer anytime soon. Something else â€“ the economy is forcing many families paying private school tuitions to reconsider public schools â€“ private school enrollments are down. I already see the school issue being more and more important as this economic disaster continues.
And last â€“ I myself am currently planning to buy in Walton next spring. While my office is right on Roswell Rd, I presently live just north of you and the schools here are not getting it done. I already have one in private school (high school) and the idea of having to put another one in just to live up here makes no sense - Iâ€™m one of those families I mentioned earlier and I know where Iâ€™m headed.
Hope this helps â€“
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
REMAX Greater Atlanta
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Search Cobb County Schools and it will break it down to dynamics of the schools, academic records and a lot more.
Also check out North Fulton and Forsyth Counties.
Just so you know, you get a little less home for your money than you would in other School Districts, but remember too...you get what you pay for.
3 Options are Pope, Lassiter & Walton high school districts. All 3 are great schools, elementary and middle schools are also very good. I would not look anywhere else in Atlanta.
Schools are always a hot topic here in Atlanta. There are certain pockets known for having good schools and plenty of areas with schools that are not so great. Typically, you'll want to start out by finding the best school districts close to where you'll work. As an example, Alpharetta offers really good schools, but if you're going to be working Downtown, it's really not a lifestyle most people would want to deal with.
We spend a lot of time educating buyers on school options, both public and private. Go to http://www.h2realty.com/schools.html to see schools ranked at the elementary, middle and high school levels as well as combined rankings for the various feeder patterns. It's a great feature as you'll find many good elementary schools may not feed to a great middle school, but using the total feeder pattern rankings provide a great overview to use for the basis of your home search.
Hope that helps.
You can't get any better information than from this site: http://zipskinny.com/
E.Cobb is definitely known as a good area for schools, there is however a lil charming affluent pocket in Cobb County within the "perimeter" (means no freeway nightmares!) minutes from Downtown and Buckhead called The Vinings, if you can afford the area, I would start there due to the nightmare commutes you would be subjected to being out in E. Cobb. Zip 30339
"Then there's the convenience. Nearby are job centers along I-75, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport via I-285 and Buckhead across the Chattahoochee River.
The private Lovett Academy, Westminster Schools and Pace Academy are all a short drive away, which is particularly important to Vinings' high-achieving, affluent households."
Check out this article from June about the real estate:
I own properties nearby (Smyrna Vinings) and Condos in Lenox area (another pricey neighborhood), midtown is another nice area, not sure about the schools though.
Good luck and feel free to email me if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Walton/Pope/Lassiter high school (East Cobb) for easy access to 400 and 75
Alpharetta High School for access to 400
Northview / Jones creek high schools for access to 400/85
I picked East Cobb / Lassiter because the houses are a lot more affordable than Walton and I didn't want to live in Fulton county. You're going to wind up paying about twice in property taxes in Fulton. I'm trying to sell my house in Lassiter and get a Walton house since my income has increased by 50% and can afford something nice in Walton.
The drawback (or benefit depending on how you look at it) to living in East Cobb is that Cobb hasn't integrated mass transit with Fulton so you have to jump a lot of buses to get to the Airport or drive into the Alpharetta station (which is nice), so if you have a job that requires travel, I'd probably live within the Alpharetta HS so you can be close to rail -
HERE IS MY MAIN POINT - Right now, people aren't shopping for houses for the school district - It's off season for that. We've really stressed schools in our listing and all we get are cranky old people that say that they can get more square feet in Sprayberry or Wheeler ( yeah good luck with that!), so a lot of sellers in good districts aren't getting nibbles based on school district.
There's some deals to be had!
I'm a relocation specialist here in Atlanta. I've helped many families move here from out of state that have many of the same questions you will. I personally have lived all around the metro Atlanta area including Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. I would be happy to give you a honest opinion of the pros and cons of each area you may consider.
I would be happy to assist you with your move to the Atlanta area and use my expertise and experience to make sure you find eveything you are looking for here in Atlanta.
Feel free to contact me anytime so I can get started working for you!
ERA Sunrise Realty
Of course you can find out about test scores by many different websites and sources. I will however boast highly about Cobb County and Cherokee County. I live in Woodstock in Cherokee County, we are about 45 minutes to the airport and downtown. Check out Towne Lake and the schools here...Let me know if I could assist further.
I can also speak with you about the many first time home buyer programs available here too. Finally, I've come across several new communities in some of Atlanta top performing school clusters with signs posted saying, "Will Consider any offer." Think now's a good time to buy? You betcha!
All my best for a smooth move and if I can be of any assistance, please call on me at (678) 775-2677.
There are many options for school in Metro Atlanta, including public, private, charter, and international schools. If you have a specific area in Georgia and can narrow it down, I am sure many people will be able to provide you specific schools.
Well first off let me say welcome, I think you are going to love it here. The best way for you to check out the school system would be to go to http://www.greatschools.net.
If you need further information I would be more than happy to assist you.
Good Luck with the move
What part of Georgia are you looking at? Please check out Fayette county, Peachtree CIty and Fayetteville too.
You can check into schools at http://www.greatschools.net, I would be happy to assist you in finding an area that you prefer as well as showing you some excellent homes. Please contact me at your earliest opportunity to discuss your needs (and of course your wants!).
Prudential Georgia Realty