With SAT and ACT scores above the national average, Georgia public schools are definitely doing something right in preparing their students for higher education. Let’s take a look at the Peach State’s best districts to see where things are running most smoothly.
Georgia’s best public school district is Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in the state servicing Gwinnett County, which is located in the north central part of Georgia. In the past ten years, GCPC has won the Broad Prize for Urban Education and was subsequently nominated for the award again in its first year of eligibility.
The second highest ranked public school district in Georgia is Cobb County School District servicing every public school in the county, other than Marietta City schools. All schools in the district earned the prestige of accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Fulton County Schools, the fourth largest district in the state, ranks #3 and serves the communities surrounding Atlanta (although not the city proper). FCS has received many accolades, including winning the National School Board Association’s Magna Award two times.
#4 Forsyth County Schools is headquartered in Cumming and presides over 36 elementary, middle and high schools. The districts schools have brought home 10 national Blue Ribbon honors, and has the highest ACT average of large districts in the state.
Rounding out the top five is Dekalb County School District based in the Atlanta metropolitan area near Stone Mountain.
Top School Districts in Georgia, 2019
Rank School District County City State
1 Gwinnett County Gwinnett County Lawrenceville Georgia
2 Cobb County Cobb County Marietta Georgia
3 Fulton County Fulton County Atlanta Georgia
4 Forsyth County Forsyth County Cumming Georgia
5 DeKalb County DeKalb County Stone Mountain Georgia
6 City Schools of Decatur DeKalb County Decatur Georgia
7 Cherokee County Cherokee County Canton Georgia
8 Fayette County Fayette County Fayetteville Georgia
9 Oconee County Oconee County Watkinsville Georgia
10 Columbia County Columbia County Evans Georgia
11 Atlanta Public Schools Fulton County Atlanta Georgia
12 Buford City Gwinnett County Buford Georgia
13 Jefferson City Jackson County Jefferson Georgia
14 Bremen City Haralson County Bremen Georgia
15 Houston County Houston County Perry Georgia
16 Henry County Henry County McDonough Georgia
17 Union County Union County Blairsville Georgia
18 Paulding County Paulding County Dallas Georgia
19 Camden County Camden County Kingsland Georgia
20 Pierce County Pierce County Blackshear Georgia
21 Lowndes County Lowndes County Valdosta Georgia
22 Effingham County Effingham County Springfield Georgia
23 Heard County Heard County Franklin Georgia
24 Coweta County Coweta County Newnan Georgia
25 Dawson County Dawson County Dawsonville Georgia
The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.