As a mother of 3 small kids - all elementary school age - and the wife of a cop who was a School Resource Officer in Chattanooga's public high schools and middle schools for several years, I believe I can shed some light on your question. And, no, I'm not a real estate agent. ;-)
Tammi and Lori both have very good points and I would agree with them bothâ€¦to a certain extent. My husband was a huge advocate of Hamilton County's public schools...until he went to work for them. Now he happily agrees with our decision to have them in private, parochial school. There are good schools within the system - Lookout Mtn. Elementary and the new schools on Signal Mtn. (there were some issues, but they have been mostly resolved) stand out first in my mind. I am not trying to say that the other schools are bad. All of them aren't. Obviously, the Resource Officers deal with the problems (in addition to teaching, mentoring, counseling, and the eight million other tasks they provide) so they tend to see the worst of the worst. And it does depend on staff - teachers, principals, administration, etc.. all make a world of difference. Look at those people over any online score. Good luck!