Cobb County High Schools Among Nation’s Most Challenging

students working at deskIt’s no secret that Cobb County has many excellent high schools; in fact, the high quality of public education in Cobb County has helped to make it one of the most in-demand real estate markets in Atlanta. Adding to the county’s educational credentials is the announcement that fourteen Cobb County high schools have been included on a list of the most challenging high schools in America!

What does this illustrate about education in Cobb County?

According to the Washington Post, the Most Challenging High Schools ranking uses an index based on the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests administered at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated from that school in May or June.

This “Challenge Index” gives a picture of how many students are taking advanced classes and challenging themselves academically. The list was intentionally not based on the number of students who scored highly in the AP, IB, and AICE tests. Many school districts choose to artificially inflate those numbers by only allowing the top-performing students to take challenging classes, a real shame considering researchers have found that even low-performing students who score 2 (out of 5) on AP tests still performed appreciably better in college than low-performing students who did not take advanced courses in high school.

By allowing all students to challenge themselves academically, Cobb County is encouraging academic excellence and helping prepare its students for the more rigorous coursework they will encounter in college.

Cobb County high school districts

Many north Atlanta buyers base their home searches on school district, with PopeWalton, and Lassiter in particularly high demand. If you are looking for a home in a specific Cobb County school district, contact the Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team today!

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Graduation Rates Rise at Cobb County Schools

Harrison-High-School-KennesawThe Georgia Department of Education recently released a report on academic success in Georgia, and the results show good news for Cobb County Schools. While Cobb County’s public schools were already well-regarded, the report shows that the Cobb graduation rate has risen to 77%, up one percentage point from the 2012 rate. In contrast, the graduation rate for the State of Georgia is 72 percent, an increase of 2% since last year.

The graduation rates for Cobb County’s top schools are as follows:

  1. Harrison High School in Kennesaw, west Cobb County- 96%
  2. Pope High School in east Cobb County- 92%
  3. Lassiter High School in Marietta, east Cobb County- 91%

In addition to excellent school facilities and teachers, Cobb County students benefit from their involved, educated parents. School board member David Banks points out that east Cobb residents are highly educated, and in many families, both parents are college-educated and hold master’s degrees or doctorates. It’s easy to see that both the residents and educators in this north Atlanta real estate market value education.

If you are interested in buying a house in north Atlanta, contact Barry Wolfert & Lisa Wrenn today. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest local news and listings. As experienced Cobb County real estate agents, we can help you find the right home in the right school district for your kids.

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New Smyrna Elementary School Opening Soon

Smyrna Elementary of Cobb County SchoolsSmyrna homeowners and potential buyers are excited to see the opening of a new elementary school. Smyrna Elementary will open its doors to students on August 7th, welcoming local children into a beautiful facility that also happens to be the first LEED certified Cobb County school.

The 143,107 square feet, 2-story school building contains 61 classrooms and instructional spaces, for up to 962 students. Parents and kids alike will be glad to see the many nature-focused features of the school, from a school garden to a natural conservation area complete with walking trail and gazebo. Though locked during the day, the play fields will be accessible to the public during non-school hours. Located near the Windy Hill/Atlanta Road intersection, this state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly new school will certainly be a draw for home buyers interested in homes for sale in Smyrna.

In addition to great schools, Smyrna offers a vibrant, thriving community centered around the revitalized downtown area. Smyrna has done a great job of managing their downtown revitalization, actively recruiting a mix of unique, locally owned businesses and national chains. Plenty of parks and community spaces help foster public participation and community events. Add to that Smyrna’s location just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, making it one of the most convenient inner-ring suburbs, and it’s easy to see why homes for sale in Smyrna don’t stay on the market long.

If you are interested in houses for sale near Smyrna Elementary, contact me, Barry Wolfert, today.  As an Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty Consultants and an experienced Realtor within the North Atlanta real estate market, I can help you find a great home that fits your lifestyle. To see Smyrna homes for sale, head over to my listings page

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Marietta’s Pope High School Exhibits Academic and Athletic Excellence

pope-high-school-mariettaIf you’re looking at homes for sale in Marietta, the local schools are probably high on your list of reasons. Marietta and Cobb County public schools are known to be some of the best in the metro area, making Marietta real estate a hot commodity in north Atlanta.

While all of the local high schools are excellent, Pope High School is one of the best. Take a look at some of the reasons why this Marietta school district is so popular.

Pope High School academics

With 23 AP classes, 23 Honors classes, and 90% of students entering 4-year college programs, Pope High School is one of the best schools in Marietta. The Class of 2013 had 7 National Merit Semi-finalists and 6 National Merit Finalists, last year 100% of juniors met or exceeded the Georgia High School Graduation Writing test. 67 of the teachers, coaches, and administrators hold a master’s degree or higher.

Some of Marietta’s best arts programs

Students and parents interested in the arts will love this school thanks to its award-winning band, chorus, orchestra, and art programs. The school sends many kids to the Governor’s Honors program and has won 20 marching band Grand Championships.

Athletic excellence in Cobb County

For those whose children are aspiring competitive athletes, Pope offers many opportunities. The school’s regional and state championship teams include football, cross country, softball, volleyball, wresting, lacrosse, baseball, and tennis.

If you’re searching for homes for sale near Pope High School, contact me, Barry Wolfert, today. As an Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty Consultants and an experienced north Atlanta Realtor, my in-depth knowledge of the Marietta real estate market will guarantee you results, not excuses. To start searching, head over to my listings of Marietta homes for sale


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Wheeler High School Magnet Program in Marietta Earns STEM Certification

The Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology is the fifth Georgia school to earn prestigious state STEM certification. The Georgia Department of Education reserves the honor for comprehensive programs that meet specific criteria for STEM curriculum, career pathways, business partnerships, testing and teacher training.

The Wheeler STEM magnet program immerses students in course work focused on engineering and medical biotechnology, culminating with a senior internship and research experience with universities, local practices, and industry partners.

Cobb County Schools Approve School Calendar for 2013-14

The Board of Education approved the 2013-2014 school year calendar during its Oct. 25, 2012 meeting. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013; the last day of school will take place Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Conference weeks and any early release days for 2012-13 will be determined at a later date.

Link to 2013-14 school calendar.

Walton, Pope and Lassiter HS in Cobb Among Top in Georgia

Six schools in Cobb and Fulton counties were among the metro area’s top 10 performers on this year’s high school graduation tests.

Scoring highest among metro schools with at least 50 test-takers was Cobb’s Walton High School, with a 98.4 percent passing rate on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests.

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2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence Announced

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