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Old 08-28-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Pisgah Forest
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I am specifically interested in getting a home in one of the following 5 elementary school districts in the general East Cobb area. For those of you who know, would you please tell me your opinion of their rankings (rank in order of your preference). I have researched them and know that I can find a home that meets the needs for the allotted budget, and they are all in the preferred areas for commutes. So, I am asking which are the best schools, in order of best to least, in your opinion. I already know that Sope Creek and Teasley are better than these (to most people) so I am curious about these, since Sope Creek and Teasley are pretty much out of the budget unless we get super lucky and find a deal. But these below would work. They are:
East Valley, Mt Bethel, Timber Ridge, Murdock, Tritt
THANK YOU! If you feel they are all the same to you in terms of being good, let me know that, too
None of the children involved have "special needs" but they are both brilliant of course so the parents want them to be challenged and not allowed to skate through
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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I am specifically interested in getting a home in one of the following 5 elementary school districts in the general East Cobb area. For those of you who know, would you please tell me your opinion of their rankings (rank in order of your preference). I have researched them and know that I can find a home that meets the needs for the allotted budget, and they are all in the preferred areas for commutes. So, I am asking which are the best schools, in order of best to least, in your opinion. I already know that Sope Creek and Teasley are better than these (to most people) so I am curious about these, since Sope Creek and Teasley are pretty much out of the budget unless we get super lucky and find a deal. But these below would work. They are:
East Valley, Mt Bethel, Timber Ridge, Murdock, Tritt
THANK YOU! If you feel they are all the same to you in terms of being good, let me know that, too
None of the children involved have "special needs" but they are both brilliant of course so the parents want them to be challenged and not allowed to skate through
I am familiar with Mt Bethel, Tritt, Murdock and Timber Ridge. All of these schools are excellent and any would be a great choice. My children attended Murdock, many good friends have children attending Tritt. I know teachers at both Mt Bethel and Timber Ridge. Timber Ridge is the smallest of the group followed by Murdock. Murdock has a fantastic music teacher very well respected in the academic community. Tritt has some interesting and innovative programs such as a "family" class that stays together throughout elementary school (optional). All of these schools have well funded foundations so there many "extras" For example at Murdock we had a science lab plus instructor as well as a tech lab with instructor all funded by parent donations. Smart boards in every classroom, top notch afterschool programs etc. But you can find all of these extras at any of the school listed. I think in terms of test scores all of these would be pretty close. All of Cobb elementary schools have a pull out gifted program. We ended up at Murdock but I would have been thrilled with pretty much any on your list. I just don't know enough about East Valley to comment.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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You need to consider the schools these feed into. Teasley is highly recommended and while Campbell is not a bad school and has the IB program, it is not considered as desirable as the schools in East Cobb. Walton is always highly coveted, but Pope and Wheeler are well respected too. Tritt would feed into Pope. Murdock is probably split between Pope and Walton, Mt. Bethel and Timber Ridge are Walton and East Valley is majority Wheeler if not 100%. Might have some neighborhoods that go to Walton and/or Sprayberry.

I would think the neighborhoods in the Tritt and Murdock areas that feed into Pope would be the best deal as it is every bit as good a high school as Walton but the perception of Walton will drive home prices up.

Need Aries to chime in on the subject.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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You need to consider the schools these feed into. Teasley is highly recommended and while Campbell is not a bad school and has the IB program, it is not considered as desirable as the schools in East Cobb. Walton is always highly coveted, but Pope and Wheeler are well respected too. Tritt would feed into Pope. Murdock is probably split between Pope and Walton, Mt. Bethel and Timber Ridge are Walton and East Valley is majority Wheeler if not 100%. Might have some neighborhoods that go to Walton and/or Sprayberry.

I would think the neighborhoods in the Tritt and Murdock areas that feed into Pope would be the best deal as it is every bit as good a high school as Walton but the perception of Walton will drive home prices up.

Need Aries to chime in on the subject.
True I'd recommend those areas as my first choice as well. That being said Wheeler has really been making waves recently with huge jumps in SAT scores. I had been hearing some really great feedback about it from parents this past year. Though we were zoned for Pope I probably would have strongly considered the option of Wheeler for my one science math oriented child. Sadly we moved out of the area this past summer. Tritt and Murdock both have a more wholesome feel to them (to me) than Timber Ridge and Mt Bethel but I would not have hesitated to send my kids to either of them.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:25 PM
 
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I am specifically interested in getting a home in one of the following 5 elementary school districts in the general East Cobb area. For those of you who know, would you please tell me your opinion of their rankings (rank in order of your preference). I have researched them and know that I can find a home that meets the needs for the allotted budget, and they are all in the preferred areas for commutes. So, I am asking which are the best schools, in order of best to least, in your opinion. I already know that Sope Creek and Teasley are better than these (to most people) so I am curious about these, since Sope Creek and Teasley are pretty much out of the budget unless we get super lucky and find a deal. But these below would work. They are:
East Valley, Mt Bethel, Timber Ridge, Murdock, Tritt
THANK YOU! If you feel they are all the same to you in terms of being good, let me know that, too
None of the children involved have "special needs" but they are both brilliant of course so the parents want them to be challenged and not allowed to skate through
First of all, the feeder patterns--

All of Tritt goes to Hightower Trail Middle and then on to Pope High.

Murdock sends a majority of students to Dodgen Middle, but a lot of Murdock still feeds to Hightower Trail. All of the Murdock-Hightower Trail kids will go on to Pope. Most of the Murdock-Dodgen kids will go on to Pope, but some will end up at Walton.

Timber Ridge sends roughly 75% of its students to Dodgen, and 25% to Dickerson Middle. All of the Timber Ridge-Dickerson kids will go on to Walton. The Timber Ridge-Dodgen kids will feed into either Pope or Walton.

Mount Bethel sends roughly 83% of its students to Dickerson and roughly 17% to Dodgen (this is the Easthampton neighborhood). All Mount Bethel kids will go on to Walton.

Eastvalley is a 100% feed to East Cobb Middle and Wheeler High.


How would I rank the schools (even though they are all excellent)?

1. Eastvalley
2. Murdock
3. Timber Ridge
4. Tritt
5. Mount Bethel
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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True I'd recommend those areas as my first choice as well. That being said Wheeler has really been making waves recently with huge jumps in SAT scores. I had been hearing some really great feedback about it from parents this past year. Though we were zoned for Pope I probably would have strongly considered the option of Wheeler for my one science math oriented child. Sadly we moved out of the area this past summer. Tritt and Murdock both have a more wholesome feel to them (to me) than Timber Ridge and Mt Bethel but I would not have hesitated to send my kids to either of them.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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First of all, the feeder patterns--

All of Tritt goes to Hightower Trail Middle and then on to Pope High.

Murdock sends a majority of students to Dodgen Middle, but a lot of Murdock still feeds to Hightower Trail. All of the Murdock-Hightower Trail kids will go on to Pope. Most of the Murdock-Dodgen kids will go on to Pope, but some will end up at Walton.

Timber Ridge sends roughly 75% of its students to Dodgen, and 25% to Dickerson Middle. All of the Timber Ridge-Dickerson kids will go on to Walton. The Timber Ridge-Dodgen kids will feed into either Pope or Walton.

Mount Bethel sends roughly 83% of its students to Dickerson and roughly 17% to Dodgen (this is the Easthampton neighborhood). All Mount Bethel kids will go on to Walton.

Eastvalley is a 100% feed to East Cobb Middle and Wheeler High.


How would I rank the schools (even though they are all excellent)?

1. Eastvalley
2. Murdock
3. Timber Ridge
4. Tritt
5. Mount Bethel
I am confusing one of the other elementaries in the area that has some percenatge to Sprayberry... Sedalia Park maybe?

I knew you would know the Middle School feeding patterns and percentages. I am more up on Lassiter/Srayberry areas.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Pisgah Forest
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Thank you all so much, this makes me feel so much better!
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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I am confusing one of the other elementaries in the area that has some percenatge to Sprayberry... Sedalia Park maybe?

I knew you would know the Middle School feeding patterns and percentages. I am more up on Lassiter/Srayberry areas.
Yes, Sedalia Park has a few streets and an apartment complex that feed to Daniell than Sprayberry.

However, most of Sedalia Park goes on to East Cobb then Wheeler.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:22 AM
 
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Question for aries4118, you would rank mt bethel last? I would have thought it would be opposite ranking. So I wanted to make sure your #5 is last instead of first? Thanks
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