What are the best in-town public schools in Atlanta?

Asked by , Marietta, GA Wed Jul 2, 2008

What are the best in-town public schools?
With gas prices being so high I am sure more & more families with young children will be relocating from the burbs into the city. Can anyone recommend great public schools inside the perimeter in Atlanta?

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Ramiro Garcia, , Grants Park, Atlanta, GA
Tue Sep 30, 2008
How's the house hunting and school hunting coming along? Don't forget that Grant Park has several great Charter Schools and good traditional schools with Parkside elementary.
http://www.NeighborhoodCharter.com and/or let me know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Ramiro Garcia | http://www.GrantParkExpert.com
Oh, I'd be remiss in mentioning the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, which my wife is the founding director ;-)
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Lise Desorme…, , Atlanta, GA
Wed Jul 2, 2008
I've read all of the answers and Katina seems to give the best answer since everyone's opinion will differ with each individual needs.

As an overview of elementary, middle and high school I would just like to add that the elementary schools like Warren T. Jackson, Morris Brandon, Sara Smith and Morningside are ranked amongst the highest in the state and are all excellent My daughter attended Morris Brandon and frankly it was as good as any private school and in a lot ways much better. I have a client who's child attends Warren T. Jackson and she is equally pleased.

As it relates to middle school and high school I find that some feel concerned and are sending their children to private and charter schools.

If you go on the http://www.greatschools.com web site recommended by Katina you will see for yourself and it will provide a wealth of information that will surely satisfy your interest.
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Lisa Crowder, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Wed Jul 2, 2008
It's going to depend on your definition of "intown." Morningside Elementary is a highly sought after school. It serves Morningside, Virginia-Highland, and Midtown. And it feeds into Inman Middle School and Grady High School. Mary Lin Elementary is also very popular. It's located in Candler Park and is much smaller than Morningside (which also has a bit of a reputation as a test factory). Interestingly, Toomer Elementary (in Kirkwood) is making tremendous strides. They have some really unique programs (like Chinese language for elementary students) and have excellent test scores.

The City of Decatur has an excellent school system and has just been given charter system status so expect even more innovation there over the upcoming years. They focus on expeditionary learning.

Oak Grove Elementary in DeKalb county consistently tests well but it doesn't really count as "intown" to most people. It's located between Emory University and Northlake Mall.

Likewise, Sarah Smith is well respected, but it's not so much "intown" as "north Buckhead" so, depending on where you work, it could leave you with a pretty hefty commute in hideous traffic.

To see a ranking of public schools, go to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation web site:


For actual reviews of schools, greatschools.com is helpful
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Katina Wright, Other Pro, Atlanta, GA
Wed Jul 2, 2008

Check out and compare from information available online.
Your definition of a great school may be different from someone else's opinion.

Good Luck!!
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Lee Taylor, Agent, Decatur, GA
Wed Jul 2, 2008
All great answers.

Make sure that you understand your geographic preferences for the charter schools.

Intown living will continue to improve, and so will almost all of the schools. As Sean Casey pointed out yesterday (check out the web reference) some of these tried and true elementary schools are being challanged test for test by an up and comer like Toomer in Kirkwood.

I left Duluth in 1998 and moved Intown. Some of the the schools in your current hometown of Marietta have a 40 year leap on some of the neighborhood schools Intown - regardless, population density will drive a lot of quantum leaps Intown over the coming decades so come be our neighbor.

Get your real estate on, and remember what Lisa said about a definition for "Intown."
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Lorie Gould, Agent, Duluth, GA
Wed Jul 2, 2008
My clients tend to focus on Sarah Smith, Morris Brandon, and Warren Jackson which are high ranked schools in-town.

Within the next 12 months will be a great time to move in-town as the prices have already adjusted and will remain adjusted for some time making many areas more affordable that would otherwise be out of reach for most.
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