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Metro Atlanta’s Best Public Schools

Toward the end of each school year, students in metro Atlanta’s public schools take a series of subject-area tests to determine how much and how well they learned during that year. Performance on these tests help administrators decide whether a student is ready to advance to the next grade level.

Below are the elementary, middle and high schools in each of metro Atlanta’s public school districts whose students performed best on these tests, according to, a website that evaluates K-12 performance.

Elementary and middle school rankings are based on test scores on the Georgia Milestones Assessment for the following subjects: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

High school rankings are based on test scores on the Georgia Milestones Assessment for the following subjects: Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Geometry, Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Physical Science, U. S. History and Economics/Business/Free Enterprise.


Atlanta Public Schools
Morningside Elementary
Inman Middle
Early College HS at Carver

Bartow County School District
Taylorsville Elementary
Adairsville Middle
Cass High

Buford City Schools
Buford Academy (E)
Buford Middle
Buford High

Cartersville City School District
Cartersville Elementary
Cartersville Middle
Cartersville High

Cherokee County School District
Bascomb Elementary
E.T. Booth Middle
Etowah High

Clayton County Public Schools
Arnold Elementary
Elite Scholars Academy (M/H)

Cobb County School District
Sope Creek Elementary
Dickerson Middle
Lassiter High

City Schools of Decatur
Oakhurst Elementary
Renfroe Middle
Decatur High

DeKalb County Schools
Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers (E)
DeKalb School of the Arts (M/H)

Douglas County School System
South Douglas Elementary
Chapel Hill Middle
Douglas County High

Fayette County Public Schools
Kedron Elementary
Rising Starr Middle
McIntosh High

Forsyth County Schools
Big Creek Elementary
South Forsyth Middle
Lambert High

Fulton County Schools
Wilson Creek Elementary
River Trail Middle
Fulton Science Academy (H)

Gainesville City School System
Centennial Arts Academy (E)
Gainesville Middle
Gainesville High

Gilmer County Schools
Mountain View Elementary
Gilmer Middle
Gilmer High

Gwinnett County Public Schools
Simpson Elementary
North Gwinnett Middle
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (H)

Hall County Schools
Riverbend Elementary
C.W. Davis Middle
North Hall High

Henry County School District
East Lake Elementary
Union Grove Middle
Union Grove High

Marietta City Schools
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (E)
Marietta Middle
Marietta High

Paulding County School District
Burnt Hickory Elementary
Sammy McClure Middle
North Paulding High

Rockdale County Public Schools
Lorraine Elementary
General Ray Davis Middle
Heritage High

Social Circle City Schools
Social Circle Elementary
Social Circle Middle
Social Circle High

Walton County School District
Youth Elementary
Loganville Middle
Loganville High