One of the most frequent questions we hear at The Atlanta Homes is “which are the best neighborhoods for new families?” and “which neighborhoods have the best schools?” It’s a rather hard question to answer because Atlanta has many neighborhoods both “Intown” and Out of the Perimeter (OTP). We’ve developed a short list for those new families who are looking into buying a home in the Atlanta real estate market.
In the Perimeter, or “Intown”
Chastain Park is the largest city park in Atlanta and is home to excellent public and private schools. Located just 5 minutes from Buckhead, Chastain Park has four preschools, two public schools (North Atlanta High – an international baccalaureate school; and Warren T. Jackson Elementary, a National Blue Ribbon school), and four private schools with outstanding reputations.
Lakeside Elementary and Oak Grove Elementary regularly score and are ranked at the top of the list when it comes to Atlanta public schools. Even with nearby Emory University, one of the top universities in the United States, in Druid Hills, the schools in Decatur remain highly regarded. Top schools here according to Great Schools include Wadsworth Magnet, Museum School Avondale Estates, Clairemont Elementary, and Winnona Park Elementary.
Grant Park is a quaint, quiet, beautiful section of Atlanta that is great for families. It is home to ZooAtlanta and Cyclorama, and also houses impressive charter schools for both elementary and middle school-levels, as well as Imagine Wesley, a Montessori School.
Morningside Elementary, Inman Middle, Grady High School, and the private school, Padiea, is located in the beautiful and family friendly-friendly Morningside.
While Virginia Highlands has always had a good mix of hip singles and budding families, students in “VaHi” will attend the impressive Springdale Park Elementary, Inman Middle, and Grady High School. Like Morningside residents, students can also quickly get to the award-winning Padiea.
Out of the Perimeter, or “OTP”
Families truly love Acworth for the schooling system which is serviced by the Cobb Country School System. Cobb County Schools have a reputation for being strong, challenging, and high-achieving.
Cumming is another great Atlanta suburb that offers a variety of schools in the Forsyth Country School system. Often ranked top in the state, students here can attend anything from Big Creek Elementary, John’s Creek Elementary, to Liberty Middle, all the way up to Forsyth Central High School, or North, South, or West Forsyth High Schools. The area is also home to Forsyth Country Academy Charter and three alternative schools: Creative Montessori School, Piedmont Learning Center (6-12), and Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs.
Families in beautiful Duluth will send their kids to Gwinnett County Public Schools, with Duluth High ranking 9th in Georgia by US News. Consistently top-rated and highly successful schools in Duluth also include River Train Middle, Findley Oaks Elementary, Northview High, and Wilson Creek Elementary School.
Great Schools lists Lawrenceville Schools 10/10 and include Alton C. Crews Middle, Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology, Freeman’s Mill Elementary, and Gwin Oaks Elementary. Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology is consistently rated one of the best schools in the nation, and US News ranked it first in Georgia and third in the United States.
Livestrong.com consistently rates Roswell as one of the best Atlanta suburbs to live in and raise kids. It also notes that Roswell schools consistently rank scores of 8 to 10 by Great Schools. Schools include Sweet Apple Elementary, Mountain Park Elementary, Fulton Sunshine Center, and Northwood Elementary.
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