Hi Doug, I was looking up what people are told for unrelated reasons, but I would like to add my thoughts to some of these comments. I was born and raised in Ohio, great schools, went to both public and private, found little difference between the two, if any it was the penguins who I now remember with great affection. I raised my son here in Atlanta; he started in Christ the King and then moved over to Atlanta's public, Peachtree Battle. BP students had a wide range in financial backgrounds; some lived in motels, while others came from some of the wealthiest homes in Atlanta. I found no difference between Ohio and Georgia's education no matter what the national numbers reflect. What I think is key to finding a good school are the parents! Schools dominated by poor parents struggle due to a lack of parent involvement. The parents of the poor, work low end jobs, long hours, and most of their employers, whose children go to those better(?) schools will not let them have time off to participate in school events. Schools in area's where mom's don't work, available to participate in supporting school events, seem to do better; maybe because they are under the constant scrutiny of parents? If you are a parent who participates in your child's education I suspect your child will do well no matter what school he is in; so be a hero and make a difference! Few days go by that for one reason or another I think of the neighbors I grew up with, who were not just rich, but who on occasion shared. One made Halloween the best, with a dining room table filled with choice items to choose from; in the summer they had a 2 foot pool with a slide added to it, and EVERY child in the neighborhood was allowed to play there. One bought all the kids in the neighborhood movie tickets, another always showed up on the playground with his children and spun us on the merry-go-round or pushed us on the swing. Theirs were the children who were well liked for obvious reasons, but then again, the child might have just been that likable because of how we treated them. I was very active in my child's classrooms and the school in general, the end result was my child did well no matter what school he attended! All of the teachers were good teachers, some had more attitude than I would have liked. But no matter, my son scored 98 - 99% on all of the national test... even those we were RENTERS, as I saw once written across his chart in big red letters; the shame of it! My house was the one that all the children came to play maybe because I was the one who umped best because I knew when the children needed snacks because fighting was more a sign of dropping sugar; tempers flaring meant best time for a quiet game! Knowing children understanding what is going on in their world is what makes a difference in how well they do in school. One of my child's friends was about to be held back for a third time and he wasn't even out of elementary school. His principal was wise to share information with me. The boy and I had a serious talk, in record time he turned into an A B student and went on to the next grade ; he remained a good student the rest of his life. It isn't about school, it is about effective parenting!