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Old 12-16-2011, 01:19 AM
 
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Chinese family will relocate to Atlanta area with a daughter of grade 8, house budget around $400k-500k, which city is the best for us?

1. Good school is the most important, want to select from Milton high/Johns Creek high/Chattahoochee high/Walton high, do not want Northview high as I heard there are too many Asians there. From the reviews on greatschool.com, like Milton high the most, is Milton too rural?

2. Compare to above good public school, how about the private school of Greater Atlanta Christian school and Wesleyan school? GAC has SAT score about 1750, and Wesleyan school has SAT even higher(1800), is it worth to pay the money to go to private school? especially GAC has similiar SAT scores to above good public schools?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:31 AM
 
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Where will you be working? What part of town?
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:57 AM
 
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I will work at home, so commute is not a problem.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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I know these surveys can be subjective, but Milton is #1, followed by John's Creek and Alpharetta. Because Milton is set up with many neighborhoods, it doesn't feel as rural as it appears. Traffic is less than the other cities, but anything we need is a short drive away.

http://www.northfulton.com/Articles-...-in-South.html
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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Thanks so much! How about the public schools compare to private like GAC and Wesleyan? Are they worth the money? What is the cutting score of SSAT of GAC and Wesleyan,or Buckhead private schools? What are the colleges their students go after graduation? Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:03 PM
 
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We moved from FL so public schools would be an option. Interestingly enough, in our neighborhood, not one family is currently using private schools. Three families initially enrolled in private schools, but all have since switched over to public. We had two go through Milton HS, and were very happy with both experiences. Milton has a great dual enrollment program with Tech, and every student who took advantage of it was accepted to Tech. My son opted for the honor's college at UGA, but because of the dual enrollment and AP classes he began college with 42 credits. Milton recently had 100% passing scores on the GA HS writing exam. I'm not certain what other scores are available for this year.

You should know that schools in all the areas you expressed interest in are among the best in GA.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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You can also look into Cambridge High School area.....it's a newly built high school that's slated to open next fall. It pulls from Milton High. There is also a big weekend Chinese school in Johns Creek.

Also keep in mind that the Milton area is a bit removed from real Chinese restaurants and Asian supermarket shopping (Johns Creek and Duluth). But in general, all the areas you mention are GREAT! The public schools here are the best, so unless for religious reasons, I'd use them....they're free

BTW, your house budget will get you a mansion here. You should see that $300K can already get you imho
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:51 PM
 
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Thanks Mattie and Tamlym, really encouraged. We planed to attend Milton high for the reason of not so many asian students. But we also want to try to apply to top private schools like Westminster/Pace/Lovett/Wesleyan, in wish my daughter can get best education from there. From the forum, it looks more graduates from these private schools go to ivy league than public schools, is it right?
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Johnnylzj,
You mentioned you are Chinese and not looking in the Northview HS due to the higher concentration of Asians. I am wondering if you have already visited Milton or basing your decision just on the schools. I've drove through Milton couple of times and although the homes prices and per capita income is a bit higher than that of Johns Creek, it is a bit rural and was a little too farmy for my taste. I guess some Georgian like this, but it wasn't my couple of tea. Also keep in mind, you are further away from the Asian Groceries and restaurant living in Milton if that is important to you.

I am listing the rankings of the top GA high school and % of Asians make up. I think S. Forsyth would a great alternative to Milton as the schools are top notch with property taxes less than 1%.

out of 400 high schools
Rank #7 - Lambert HS Forsyth County Asians: 8%
Rank #8 - Northview HS N. Fulth County Asians: 37%
Rank #8 - Walton HS E. Cobb County Asians 15%
Rank #25 - Milton HS N. Fulth County Asians: 5%
Rank #29 - Johns Creek HS N. Fulth County Asians: 19%
Rank #36 - Chattahoochee HS N. Fulth County Asians: 19%

There are 3 of us who are recent Northern transplants this year:

MomDog, Buffalo, and I have all chosen our homes within the Lambert HS school cluster. We can't rave enough about how good S. Forsyth is.

Hope this information helps in your decision.

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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We are Chinese too (from California). We came here with an 8th grader last year thinking that with far less Asians here, our daughter would have more non-Asian friends. Apparentely, you can't control this lol.

90% of her close friends here are Asians (Koreans and Chinese and Indian)...it's weird but I guess the Asians here automatically band together? Her circle of friends was much more diverse when we were back in CA.

Our 8 and 10 yo daughters don't have this issue though....maybe cuz they're in a single classroom all day (elementary school)...

If you are for sure going with a private school, then it really doesn't matter where you live? I agree with mrpanda....Milton is still a little too rural for me as well...

Try looking into Cambridge HS area....it'll be similar to Milton and it'll be a new school. Good luck!
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