Long known as the “Empire State of the South,” Georgia is a state that boasts of peach farming, the world's longest drive-through restaurant, and the invention of Coca-Cola. But Georgia is also one of the best states for education. It has some of the largest school districts with an array of schools. For families looking to relocate to Georgia, there are beyond educational opportunities. In fact, the seven largest school districts in Georgia offer an abundance of educational opportunities.
Knowing what these seven school districts offer you and your family can help you decide which city to live in. It can help you determine what the schools in different districts are recognized for, where they rank, and if they're a good fit for your family.
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Gwinnett County Public Schools has 139 schools with around 183,000 students, making it one of the largest school districts in Georgia. This school district is known for having the most diversity and is ranked no. 5 for Georgia's best school for athletes. It's also ranked in the top 20 for best school districts in Georgia.
Some of the best schools in this district include Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Johns Creek Elementary School, and Simptons Elementary School.
Here are some of the schools that are included in this school district and they are divided up.
- 112 elementary and middle schools
- 27 high schools
Cobb County Schools
Cobb County Schools is a smaller district, with 110 schools and roughly 106,000 students. The average student-to-teacher ratio is 18:1. Some of the best high schools in Georgia reside in this district. For example, Walton High School is ranked no. 4 in Georgia among high schools.
These are how the 110 schools are divided in this district.
- 92 elementary and middle schools
- 18 high schools
Dekalb County Schools
Warwick Public Schools is next on the list with a smaller school district, with only 131 schools and 93,000 students. This school district has a small student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1. It also has Dekalb School of the Arts, which is ranked no. 8 in Georgia among schools.
These are the schools that makeup Dekalb County Schools.
- 17 elementary and junior high schools
- 17 high schools
Fulton County Schools
Pawtucket School District has 110 schools and serves a little over 90,000 students. With a student-teacher ratio of 16:1, this school district can keep class sizes small and give students enough individualized attention. Crabapple Crossing Elementary School, Barnwell Elementary School, and Creek View Elementary School.
These are the total number of schools that comprise the Fulton County Schools
- 90 elementary schools and middle schools
- 20 high schools
Forsyth County Schools
Forsyth County Schools is another one of the largest school districts in Georgia, with 41 schools and 52,00 students. One of the most unique things about this district is that it's in the top 1% of public schools in Georgia. For example, Lambert High School is one of the best high schools in this district and is ranked no. 5 in the state.
These are the schools that are included in this school district.
- 22 elementary and middle schools
- 19 high schools
Clayton County Schools
Clayton County Schools has 66 schools with around 52,000 students. While Clayton County Schools are ranked in the top 1%, this school district is ranked in the bottom 50% of public schools. However, while it's not the best, the classrooms are still relatively small, with a 16:1 ratio.
These are the schools that are part of Clayton County Schools.
- 44 elementary schools and middle schools
- 12 high schools
Atlanta Public Schools
Although Atlanta Public Schools is the last on the list, it's still a large district. It has 87 schools and 49,000 students. This school district is ranked relatively high among all the districts in Georgia, with a ranking of no. 20 for best school districts for athletes, no. 95 for best places to teach in Georgia, and no. 95 for the most diverse schools in Georgia.
These are the schools that are part of this district.
- 60 elementary schools
- 17 high schools
Which District Should You Choose?
Georgia is an underrated educational state. While it ranks 30th in the nation, it has exceptional schools that rank in the top 10. These schools are part of outstanding school districts with excellent teachers, moderately sized classrooms, and some of the best diversity and athletics. These districts show what parents have to choose from, especially if parents are looking for a school near their homes. More importantly, these districts have much to offer, giving parents more opportunities for their kids.
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