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Old 12-27-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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My husband's job will be moving us to Memphis from the Atlanta area in the spring. We are currently in an amazing public school district (we have Elementary school age kids) in the northern suburbs. I am concerned about the schools based upon what I've heard and would love honest feedback about private vs. public schools. Also, what are the differences between Germantown and Collierville? I would love feedback from other Atlanta transplants.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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Germantown is an older more established suburb. Sort of "old money" while Collierville is "new money." Collierville has been around a long time, but not as much as a major suburb of Memphis. It will have more brand new homes and developments, etc. Germantown will have older homes, bigger trees, more established neighborhoods, stores that have been around longer. Generalizations, of course, but Collierville has just recently become a hot area for people to move into and commute into Memphis.

As far as the public schools, both cities are great.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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Yeah. Pearlbob said it right there. IMO, it seems like Collierville has younger families living in it than Germantown does. You'll like both though if you visit before the move. Both school systems are great. Also, if you do happen to visit before you move, I would also plan to visit the Lakeland and Arlington areas. These two are basically like Collierville and Germantown but newer. They won't be as established as Germantown or Collierville but they have some really nice homes and the schools are very good as well.
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Collierville, TN
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Yep, both previous posts are right on the mark. You can't go wrong in either city.

I would add that when we say Shelby county schools are great, they are great for TN. They're the best in the area, but compared to other areas of the country, they're mediocre.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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i lived in Marietta in the 90s, and would describe Germantown as similar to East Cobb, and Collierville as similar to Kennesaw/Woodstock.

we just moved here (to Collierville) and kids haven't gone to school yet, but i think we'll be quite happy with the public schools we are zoned to: Crosswind Elem, Schilling Farms MS, and Collierville HS.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:12 AM
 
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i was born and raised in atlanta, ga - just moved here to collierville from kennesaw/marietta - i completely agree with carolina texan in her comparison to germantown as east cob and collierville as ktown/woodstock.
i am extremely happy with my choice for the collierville area - it's clean, nice, and feels a little like home!
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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Thank you for your response. May I ask what made you choose Collierville over Germantown? I have also lived here in Atlanta my whole life and this move has me quite unnerved. Fear of the unknown I suppose.



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i was born and raised in atlanta, ga - just moved here to collierville from kennesaw/marietta - i completely agree with carolina texan in her comparison to germantown as east cob and collierville as ktown/woodstock.
i am extremely happy with my choice for the collierville area - it's clean, nice, and feels a little like home!
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Thank you for your response. May I ask what made you choose Collierville over Germantown? I have also lived here in Atlanta my whole life and this move has me quite unnerved. Fear of the unknown I suppose.
would have been happy with either one, particularly since most of the homes we liked were within a mile or two on either side of Houston Levee Rd, which is roughly a dividing line between the two cities.

where in Atlanta do you live, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Collierville, TN
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I would have chosen either one as well, Just happened to find the house we loved in C'ville. It seems like more Germantown kids go to private schools than Collierville. Not because schools are not as good, the schools are comparable, probably because the median income is a bit higher in G'town, and there is a lot more 'old money' there. It was important to me that my kids meet other kids easily in a neighborhood, and it seemed easier when more kids go to public schools. (Although it turns out our kids have become very good friends with neighbors who go to private.)
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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We live in the North Fulton area of Atlanta. Our public schools are great - starting to think that maybe Collierville is more like where we are now.
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