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Old 06-05-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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We are an African American family considering a move to the Atlanta area. (cost of living there vs. Chicago) I provide this info for a couple of reasons: We have a large family of school age kids. Elementary and Middle School. Public schools are a must. Strong academics balanced with sports and the arts. (Am I dreaming?) We have read the many postings regarding the highly rated schools in East Cobb, and we have heard great things about the Alpharetta area. My question to the forum is this: Which of these communities provides the truest sense of cultural diversity and family friendliness? I grew up in Southern California, with kids from so many cultures. I would like some semblance of that for my children. We are both professionals and self-employed, so we have no commuting concerns. We intend to lease a home first. From my research, it looks like we can afford a 5 BR home in either area. Really appreciate any advice!
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:24 PM
 
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Do you play golf? If so, I would look into the Atlanta Country Club in East Cobb. Wonderful area!
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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Alpharetta would be more diverse than East Cobb. East Cobbs schools are about 80% white with the remainder split between Asian and African American. A few of the Alpharetta schools has black populations as high as 15%, they also have a much bigger Asian population (as much as 35% at some schools.

Both have excellent schools. What activities does your family enjoy? If the kids are involved in sports then I would lean toward East Cobb.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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Thanks to both of you. Golf and swimming reign supreme in my family. Also, coming from Chicago where school buildings tend to be old and crummy (my 1st graders description), being in a district that invests in its facilities would be a welcomed change.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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Most sub/div have pool as part of the HOA, Your kids are not old enought to be effected (directly) but North Fulton is under going a re-disticting of school due to new HS opening up in aug 2012.
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