Public School Spotlight

Public School Spotlight

Metro Atlanta is fortunate to be replete with exceptional public schools, which can be found throughout 16 county-wide systems and six city-specific systems. These award-winning school systems focus not only on fostering academic success, but also on allowing students to flourish both inside and outside of the classroom. A great way to learn more about them is to peruse their websites, which are listed below. And for more information, including SAT and Georgia Milestones scores, visit KNOWAtlanta Magazine’s county pages by clicking here.


Did you know? The school nutrition program won state recognition for best practices.

Did you know? 27 CCSD schools were named to the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll.

Did you know? The system includes Unidos Dual Language School, the state’s first public dual language school.

Did you know? Cobb boasts the second largest school district in the State of Georgia.

Did you know? The district’s students and parents speak more than 140 languages and represent over 180 nations.

Did you know? The county’s College and Career Institute offers high school juniors and seniors the chance to learn a skill while receiving both high school and college credits.

Did you know? The system is a seven-time winner of the Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education.

Did you know? By 2022, the county will open four new additional schools.

Did you know? Seven of the county’s high schools were named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list.

Did you know? The district offers free breakfast for all students, including “Breakfast in the Classroom,” where students can grab a meal on their way in the door.

Did you know? The Class of 2018 received $207 million in scholarship offers (not including HOPE and full-ride Quest-Bridge scholarships).

Did you know? The system has instituted a Five-Year Facility Plan that will allocate $160 million towards new classroom space, new school busses, existing facilities renovations and more.

Did you know? The district offers two Programs of Choice: the Academy for Advanced Studies and Imp@ct Academy.

Did you know? 21 individual schools increased their CCRPI scores in 2017, with eight schools improving by more than five points.

Did you know? All students in grades 3 through 12 are equipped with laptops.


Atlanta Public Schools
Did you know? The system consists of 61 neighborhood schools, five partner schools, 18 charter schools, two city-wide single gender academies and three alternative schools.

Buford City Schools
Did you know? The district received an ‘A’ on the Georgia School Grades Report from The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

City Schools of Decatur
Did you know? More than 70 percent of teachers within this independent public school district hold advanced degrees.

Gainesville City Schools
Did you know? The system was one of the first four charter systems in Georgia and received a 10-year charter in 2013.

Marietta City Schools
Did you know? The system is Georgia’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District.

Homeschool Resources

The number of families that have turned to homeschooling is on the rise, and metro Atlanta offers a number of resources to ensure that, if you choose this educational path, you will be ready to go when you settle in the area.

  •  Submit an online Declaration of Intent through the Georgia Department of Education:
  •  Attend the Southeast Homeschool Expo, which is held every July at the Cobb Galleria Centre:
  •  Visit the website for the Georgia Home Education Association for helpful information about every stage of the homeschooling process:
  •  Search for hybrid schools and homeschooling co-ops in the metro Atlanta area.
  •  Check out resources like the Zoo Atlanta Homeschool Academy as a complement to your child’s in-home studies:

Charter School Locator

If you are interested in finding a charter school in the metro Atlanta area, consult the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) at The site includes a school locator — just type in your address and search for charter schools within up to 100 miles of your home.

Special Needs Schools in Metro Atlanta

Metro Atlanta is home to an array of schools that are dedicated to serving children who have unique learning needs. Consider the following schools if your child requires a special needs environment.

Specialty: Serving the dyslexic learner
Location: Marietta

Mill Springs Academy
Specialty: Providing an effective learning environment for students with learning disabilities and ADHD
Location: Alpharetta

Atlanta Speech School
Specialty: Serving students with speech, hearing, language or learning disabilities
Location: Atlanta

Cumberland Academy of Georgia
Specialty: Educating students in grades 4 through 12 who have Autism
Location: Atlanta

The Cottage School
Specialty: Serving middle and high school students with learning differences
Location: Roswell