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Old 04-10-2015, 05:58 PM
 
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I am overwhelmed with all the options of schools and where to live. I want to rent a house for no more than 1500/month, newer model home. Public schools are fine if they have good teachers and close to home. It would be nice to be near Marta but not required. I work m-f in metro Atlanta and I refuse to have a commute longer than 30 minutes on most days. We are moving from Seattle and the preference is a school with a fair amount of black students. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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File:Metro Atlanta Map.gif - Wikimedia Commons

Can you narrow it down some? The above map show "Metro" Atlanta About 8,376 square Miles....
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:29 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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How much is fair amount? This is the south. Some schools like Southwest Dekalb are over 95% black. Then some may only have 5-10% black
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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I'm leaning toward the 30 percent or more. I'm working right downtown near the aquarium.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:54 PM
 
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It can be 100 percent for all I care but I definitely don't want my kids to be the minorities at their school which they have always been. Just something new to try but I still want a school with quality education
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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How do you define and measure quality education?
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:37 PM
 
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I suggest Smyrna/Mableton

Some schools are better than other so you will want to be specific - what are the ages of your children

This is the only place you can keep the commute under 30 minutes and the budget close to 1500 (you might be able to get a newer townhome or a remodeled older home) but even that is pushing it.

Houses For Rent in Smyrna GA - 10 Homes | Zillow

There are a few excellent elementary schools but as for middle or high school they have more of a reputation of good not yet great. Easy surface road commute to the Aquarium via Atlanta Rd/Marietta Blvd
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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I know a lot of people who totally define schools by the test scores and magnet programs etc but I like to look a little deeper than that if I can. My kids are all academically sound and require no extra help in any areas. However I would like to know that the school is not overwhelmed with a lot of kids with behavioral issues and/or known for disengaged parents if that makes any sense.my kids are 1st, 3rd and 7th grade. Middle school can be a tough time socially so I am more concerned about making sure I choose the right school for him since I have the least amount of time to get things right with him if that makes any sense. I found a private school that sounds promising and it goes to eighth grade. If I can put the little ones into a good elementary school I may just sacrifice the money to put my 7th grader in the private school to the tune of 9000 dodollars , which I can't afford for all 3. Thank you for the suggested areas , I will look at them right away! All advice is much appreciated!
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