In Atlanta, choosing a place to live based upon the school district alone is a problem. Atlanta districts are quite large and have excellent schools and very poor schools. As an example, the Dekalb School District includes both Dunwoody and Tucker schools. Dunwoody and Tucker are considered upscale areas to live, along with Alpharetta and Roswell which are in the Fulton County School District. You would find that in both school districts, the closer you get to the city of Atlanta, the quality drops quite a bit. The State of Georgia 2005 – 2006 report on schools in the Atlanta area rated the following selected high schools:
Cobb County High School – failed to show yearly improvement – graded as needs improvement
Marietta High School – showed yearly improvement – graded as needs improvement
Alpharetta High School – showed yearly imporvement – graded as making adequate progress
Roswell High School – showed yearly improvement – graded as Distinguished in showing improvement over a 3 year period
Kennesaw Mountain High School – showed yearly improvement – graded as Distinguished in showing improvement over a 3 year period
If you then compare the 2005-2006 report on the City of Atlanta and Dekalb County School Districts (PK thru 12) you would find all failed to meet yearly progress and all were graded as needing improvement. The Fulton County School District was also rated a failing to meet yearly progress, but was graded as not adequately progressing and if lack of progress continues it would be downgraded to needing improvement.
The following, listed in no particular order, are considered the better areas in Atlanta to live where school selection is a major criterea:
East Cobb County
South Forsythe County
Candler/Inman Park area
City of Decatur
Morningside/Virginia Highlands area
You should be aware that the areas listed above contain a large variety of private schools, and many choose to send their children to a private school versus using the public schools. But these areas also rate higher in comparison to other areas in their public school ratings.