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Is Tucker, GA a good place to live and How are the school systems there?

Asked by Countrygirl, Columbus, MS Thu Jul 19, 2007

I would like to know about the areas in Tucker,Ga. Is it a good and safe place to move my family to live?How is the school system? Are the schools good there? What areas in Tucker safe to live in and what areas to stay away from? I am moving my family there at the end of the year and I want to move to a safe and quite area and enroll my child in a good school where they can excile on every level.

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Tucker is a great, convenient place to live. It's an excellent choice to be close to Atlanta and not be IN Atlanta. The schools comparatively speaking are good. Now, they are no where near what the neighboring county schools are in Gwinnett, which boasts the best school system in Georgia. However, compared to Georgia as a whole, Tucker schools do quite well. Take a look at http://www.greatschools.net/.

Just like any other city, there are good and bad areas of Tucker. Although a Realtor can't tell you specifically what is going on, a good one would probably help in this move. Give me a call if you need one. *wink*
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Joshua Jarvis, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
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Hey There Countrygirl!

I have found the following website INVALUABLE in my search for homes - regardless of the size of a city or the state it's in.

It provides you with crime statistics, local schools, distance from other cities, etc. The newest feature I like is it reports the total number of registered offenders on it's site. When friends, family, or clients want specifics I send them to:

http://www.city-data.com/city/Tucker-Georgia.html

I hope this helps you - but even more important, it will give you options of other surrounding townships you haven't thought of that might be more desireable to your needs - it even tells you how many miles to the next town!

Good luck to you and best wishes for a safe move with your family!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 20, 2007
Tucker Georgia is a great place to live and work. It is convenient to Emory and the CDC (two of the largest employers in the area) and has all the advantages of other neighborhoods "inside" the perimeter without some of the urban hassles.

Some of the negative things you see below probably have to do with diversity. Tucker has become much more diverse over the past ten years and this change is frightening to some residents. Others see this as a huge benefit to the community and find the diversity enriches our lives.

The schools have a long history of perfroming well but have taken a hit on the standardized test lately. Part of the problem is an influx of non English speeaking students and also students for whom English is not their native language. Yes, standardized testing is a problem for this group and they do perform poorly on standized testing as compared to less diverse populations. BUT, these are typically bright children and they catch up before they get to college age. Tucker students are in my opinion actually performing at a much higher level than their colleagues as their test scores are averaged down by students not yet proficient in English. Tucker HS has a new building and an International Baccalaureate Degree program

Tucker is a safe neighborhood with a police station located in town. We feel safe here and our biggest security issues are usually a burglary here and there or a vandalized car. Yes, there are urban problems but they are held in check.

I represented 20 plus buyers and sellers of Tucker homes in 2009 and live in the Northlake area next to Tucker. Tucker is my go to business area for restaurants, grocerys, vet, services, hardware and parks. It has a small town feel and big city conveniences.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 10, 2010
Tucker and all of DeKalb County, and increasingly Gwinnett County, are going down the toilet. Drug-related crimes are up, contacting the police in Gwinnett is nearly impossible (check the website for the county- no link even), and the schools are going downhill as the demographics quickly change. I have been here 6 months and cannot wait to leave. IT is a shame.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 25, 2009
I am a resident of Tucker. I love the proximity to Atlanta and the small-town feel. If you move here, be selective with regards to school district. They are hit or miss, particularly at the elementary school level. Also, steer clear of the Gwinnett side of Tucker. While you can typically get a bit more for your money there, the commute can be more prohibitive (given that the Gwinnett side of Tucker is farther away from Atlanta) and the neighborhoods typically aren't as stable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
Tucker is definitely a great place to live in. The schools are good to. The area is growing very fast lately. The Brookwood school district is very good.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
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Hey there... I am a graduate of Tucker HS. My Mom still lives in the area. What age children do you have? What is your budget? I would be happy to point in the right direction. Also, have you been preapproved for your mortgage yet? So for so many questions, but I can answer it better with a little more info.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 5, 2007
If you're moving to Tucker stick with the Parkview or Brookwood School District if possible.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 1, 2007
There are a number of great online resources to research SAT scores, teacher/student ratios, student population, etc, However, there is also a great print publication that comes out annually for the Atlanta metro area. If you would like to receive a FREE copy of the 2007 Atlanta Business Cronicle's Education Guide, send me an email with your mailing address and any other pertinent information or questions that you like to ask. This wonderful publication comes out each year in March. I may also have a few issues left from 2006 so that you can compare changes between 2006 & 2007.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2007
Vicki Masell…, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
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One of my best friends lives in the Tucker area, inbetween downtown Tucker and I-285 (the Perimeter).
This is a nice area with convenient access to many parts of Atlanta. Her daughter just graduated from Tucker High. Housing is still very affordable in the Tucker area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2007
Be careful of the "Gwinnett schools are the best" line. Meadowcreek High School -- the Gwinnett school that serves parts of Tucker and Norcross that are in Gwinnett County -- is affectionately known as "Meadowcrack." Tucker High -- which serves the part of Tucker in DeKalb County -- is above average.

I've lived in Tucker on the Gwinnett side for two years. I've found the neighborhood to be pretty safe, although there is some low-level drug dealing. The location is great because of its proximity to Atlanta and Decatur, but the neighborhood is in transition. Publix, Wayfield (grocery stores) and Eckerd (drug store chain) have all closed stores in Tucker-Gwinnett in the last year or so. If you are looking to buy, I would probably look on the DeKalb side of Tucker.

You may also want to check out the City of Decatur, which has some phenomenal schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 22, 2007
Tucker is located mainly in DeKalb County, Georgia, while a small portion also extends into Gwinnett County, Georgia. The population was 26,532 at the 2000 census. The median household income of Tucker is $53,814. Seventy percent of the residents of Tucker own their homes while thirty percent are renters. Although central Tucker, also known as "Main Street Tucker", is laid out as a planned "railroad town," it has never been formally incorporated, thus all services such as fire, police, water, schools etc. are provided by the county. If incorporated, Tucker would be the largest city in DeKalb County, Georgia (excluding Atlanta which is mostly in Fulton County). An exploratory committee formed by the Tucker Civic Association is currently exploring the possibilities of incorporating Tucker as a new city. Nevertheless, the community has maintained a distinctive identity, centered on its public high school, churches, and locally owned and operated businesses. Residents of Tucker attend 6 elementary schools as well as Tucker High School. Tucker High school currently has 1296 sudents with a student teacher ratio of 1:17. More information on the schools in Tucker can be found at http://www.greatschools.com.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 20, 2007
If you want the straight scoop on school info, the GA public policy foundation is the place to go http://www.gppf.org You can see all of the school rankings either in alphabetical or numerical scoring. I wish you were moving to my area. Fayette county schools are some of the best in GA. Good luck though!!
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