Good Public Schools in Atlanta? Yes!
Now that we have a kid on the way, we sometimes hear some of our our suburban friends say, "Well, now you have to move OTP!" We actually had one friend-of-a-friend stridently exclaim, "You can't raise kids in the city!" (Gasp!) Oh really? Why's that? Of course everyone has their biases, but putting those aside, the subject that often seems to come up is schools. Some of the more "open minded" suburbanites would concede that it might be OK to raise kids in the city, but one would have to send their kids to private school. But is this true? Are there really no good public schools in the city of Atlanta?
The recent, well-publicized APS cheating scandal did much damage to the image of Atlanta Public Schools. But let's not throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater. There are still several excellent public schools in Atlanta. For the most part, the schools which were implicated in cheating to improve their test scores, still had poor test scores overall! By contrast, the highly-rated schools that were not involved in the cheating scandal continue to post high test scores. Below is a list if highly-rated public schools inside Atlanta's perimeter. Click on the school name for info & test scores. To see school ratings and search homes by school district / attendance zone, vist our Atlanta School Guide.
In the Atlanta Public School district:
- E. Rivers
- Morris Brandon
- Warren T. Jackson
- Mary Lin
- Neighborhood Charter
- Sara Smith
- Springdale Park (SPARK)
In the City Schools of Decatur district:
In Dekalb County Public School district:
For a comprehensive guide on Atlanta schools, click here.