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Old 09-24-2017, 10:30 PM
Location: California
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Our family is relocating from SoCal to South metro atlanta. We are planning to live in Peachtree city as we have been told that the public schools are very good in that city. Currently my daughter goes to a secular private elementary school in So Cal. The major thing I am worried about is that public schools in peachtree city may be much less diverse in terms of different things. Currently, the school that my daughter goes to is extremely diverse in terms of religion, race, ethnicity, political views etc. Should I consider putting her in the private schools in atlanta city. Are those schools more diverse?
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:58 PM
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Diverse, how? Private Schools in the City of Atlanta are very expensive (some at or above $20,000 a year for high school) They do have different "vibes" with Paideia in eastern Atlanta's Druid Hills area probably being the most left leaning and others (Pace, Westminster, Holy Innocence, Lovett) being more centrist or conservative. Most of the latter schools have at least a nominal religious affiliation. All of them are overwhelmingly, but of course not entirely, White. So really, in my opinion, and you should know my bias as a proud, nearly two decade public school teacher, private schools in the City of Atlanta are MUCH LESS diverse than ANY Fayette County public school.

MUCH closer to Fayette County/ Peachtree City is Woodward Academy in College Park (a close in southwest suburb just adjacent to the City of Atlanta AND Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Woodward is the (or one of) the top college prep schools in Georgia and also one of the most diverse (almost or over 1/3 minority) A Woodward education also comes at a high tuition rate.

Several years ago, when I coached debate while still working in Atlanta Public Schools, I noticed that the feeder middle school to McIntosh High (central and northern Peachtree City) seemed to have a great deal of ethnic diversity (I don't know if this indicated a diverse school, or if just a diverse group of students were interested in debate. ) As the other poster indicated, the Fayette County High cluster just up the street from Peachtree City is known as being a combination of a diverse student body with good academics.

I know that PTC Dad on this forum could give you a much better answer than this about the Peachtree City Schools. Hopefully he will see this and give you an "insider's" perspective.
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