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Old 08-02-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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Sorry, adom1976, I have aged out of preschools, so I don't know.
We have to make a decision about schools this year but haven't made any moves yet.
If your son is 4 months, you also have some time to make a decision for elementary school, so if the idea of moving makes you sad, stay put and enjoy it for a while -- Brookhaven is great! I moved twice with babies, and it's so much easier to relocate when they're older.
Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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Walton distict is definitely the best choice for commuting downtown, especially if you end up near the Atlanta Country Club area. I'm not sure you'll find the area to be that much different than the Buckhead public school environment in terms of all the "expensive stuff" some families have. I realize that average home prices are considerably higher in Buckhead, meaning that average incomes are likely higher, but there are plenty of families living in "only" $300k-$500k homes in East Cobb with ample disposable income for luxury cars, expensive vacations, iTouches/iPhones for their kids, etc. That said, I have lived in the Walton district for years and don't find the area to be overly snobby. There are materialistic people everywhere. Most people I've met in EC are very nice, including those who live in million dollar homes. Many parents I know make a conscious effort to not overindulge and spoil their kids. Still, it is an affluent suburb. Our income is pretty average and our house is modest for the Walton HS district, but my kids definitely have a more comfortable lifestyle than the average child in this country. I have to remind them that even though they have friends with nicer homes, cars, electronics, vacation homes, etc., they are still very lucky compared to a lot of children.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Walton distict is definitely the best choice for commuting downtown, especially if you end up near the Atlanta Country Club area. I'm not sure you'll find the area to be that much different than the Buckhead public school environment in terms of all the "expensive stuff" some families have. I realize that average home prices are considerably higher in Buckhead, meaning that average incomes are likely higher, but there are plenty of families living in "only" $300k-$500k homes in East Cobb with ample disposable income for luxury cars, expensive vacations, iTouches/iPhones for their kids, etc. That said, I have lived in the Walton district for years and don't find the area to be overly snobby. There are materialistic people everywhere. Most people I've met in EC are very nice, including those who live in million dollar homes. Many parents I know make a conscious effort to not overindulge and spoil their kids. Still, it is an affluent suburb. Our income is pretty average and our house is modest for the Walton HS district, but my kids definitely have a more comfortable lifestyle than the average child in this country. I have to remind them that even though they have friends with nicer homes, cars, electronics, vacation homes, etc., they are still very lucky compared to a lot of children.


Though the Walton district is good/decent for commuting to downtown, the Wheeler district, with its great schools, is actually the best East Cobb area for commuting to downtown.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:02 AM
 
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Though the Walton district is good/decent for commuting to downtown, the Wheeler district, with its great schools, is actually the best East Cobb area for commuting to downtown.
She asked about highly rated East Cobb schools and Walton is the best commute from those choices. I know some people are happy with schools in the Wheeler cluster, but most people moving to EC looking for a "top" school district are not interested in Wheeler district. Many families in the Wheeler district go private for middle and high school or move when their kids reach middle school.

I commute to midtown. Living in Wheeler district as opposed to the northern part of the Walton district would shorten my commute by 10 minutes, however there are parts of the Walton district that offer a very similar commute. Walton and Wheeler districts do share a common border, after all.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Many families in the Wheeler district go private for middle and high school or move when their kids reach middle school.
Really? Granted I don't live in East Cobb, but I thought Wheeler was considered a good school. After all, why would someone move to East Cobb into a not good school district? Isn't that the whole point of moving to East Cobb?
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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She asked about highly rated East Cobb schools and Walton is the best commute from those choices. I know some people are happy with schools in the Wheeler cluster, but most people moving to EC looking for a "top" school district are not interested in Wheeler district. Many families in the Wheeler district go private for middle and high school or move when their kids reach middle school.

I commute to midtown. Living in Wheeler district as opposed to the northern part of the Walton district would shorten my commute by 10 minutes, however there are parts of the Walton district that offer a very similar commute. Walton and Wheeler districts do share a common border, after all.

Uh, ecmom3...

Wheeler is a top school distict. The people that you know that don't move there or choose to go private has nothing to do with it not being a top school district (because it is one).



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Old 08-05-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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Really? Granted I don't live in East Cobb, but I thought Wheeler was considered a good school. After all, why would someone move to East Cobb into a not good school district? Isn't that the whole point of moving to East Cobb?
It's also a decent place to live if you're into the whole subdivision thing, relatively safe, etc.

It seems that there are a certain subset of folks who believe a private school provides certain advantages. Some of those advantages may be social, networking, or religious in nature and not related to academics. For some families, it could even be an "image" thing, or maybe even family tradition.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:52 AM
 
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Uh, ecmom3...

Wheeler is a top school distict. The people that you know that don't move there or choose to go private has nothing to do with it not being a top school district (because it is one).



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I never said Wheeler was not a good school. The magnet school is excellent, but anyone in the district can apply to attend, and living in Wheeler district does not automatically get you in. Every list I have ever seen that ranks schools based on test scores/AP test achievement, etc., whether national or local, never has Wheeler HS ranked as high as Walton because the magnet school is lumped in with the rest of the school. There is a difference in graduation rates, percentage of kids who go to colllege, and other statisitics that some people find to be important when choosing a school.

When people come to this site asking about the "most highly ranked East Cobb schools", they tend to be looking for schools that are highest in rankings. It is fine to mention Wheeler as a good school worth looking at for families interested in other factors besides the best of the best test scores, but don't imply it is among the top ranked school in metro Atlanta, because it isn't. The truth is right there in black in white for everyone to see.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Hi atlmomoftwo!
I have enjoyed reading your post as well as this entire thread and since it has been a little over a month, was curious if y'all have settled anywhere in East Cobb? My husband and I are in Brookhaven right now and have a baby. We are looking to East Cobb for good schools and elbow room as well. Our son is 4 months old so we are primarily interested in elementary schools, but even more immediately Day Cares. We are currently at Brookhaven Methodist Child Development Center on North Druid Hills road and we LOVE it so much. I am honestly very sad to think of leaving. Curious if anyone has suggestions or feedback on day cares up in East Cobb?

Thanks all,
Andrea
There are tons and tons of options. Mt. Bethel UM, Roswell UM, Johnson Ferry Baptist, etc. etc. etc.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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I never said Wheeler was not a good school. The magnet school is excellent, but anyone in the district can apply to attend, and living in Wheeler district does not automatically get you in. Every list I have ever seen that ranks schools based on test scores/AP test achievement, etc., whether national or local, never has Wheeler HS ranked as high as Walton because the magnet school is lumped in with the rest of the school. There is a difference in graduation rates, percentage of kids who go to colllege, and other statisitics that some people find to be important when choosing a school.

When people come to this site asking about the "most highly ranked East Cobb schools", they tend to be looking for schools that are highest in rankings. It is fine to mention Wheeler as a good school worth looking at for families interested in other factors besides the best of the best test scores, but don't imply it is among the top ranked school in metro Atlanta, because it isn't. The truth is right there in black in white for everyone to see.
Um, ecmom3--

If your idea of a top school in the Metro Area only means top 5, maybe top 8 (when there are hundreds and hundreds of schools), then that is totally unfortunate for you. Wheeler consistently ranks in the top 20 when talking about Metro Atlanta schools--and everyone can see this. (I cannot believe I am getting in a "ranking" debate with an East Cobb mother--pathetic! ).

And more about the Wheeler cluster--have you been in the schools there? Visited them, seen what's going on? Lots of great things. It ain't right to rely on the opinions and hearsay of others who have their own prejudices about what a good school should look like. And the magnet is just an element of the school--many students take magnet classes without having to be a part of the magnet program. A good education for all.

Anyway--you did talk about East Cobb schools as if Wheeler does not exist--this is wrong and misleading. Moreover, to give advice and judge schools because they are not Walton--is also wrong and misleading. There can only be one Walton.

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