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The top-rated public schools of Decatur, GA

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One of the things that make Decatur, GA a great place to raise a family is the excellent school options in the area. The city is served by City Schools of Decatur, an independent school system that includes five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

Here’s a look at these top-rated schools in Decatur, GA.

Fifth Avenue Elementary School

101 Fifth Avenue, Decatur, GA

Officially known as 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue, this school serves the fourth and fifth graders in the Decatur school system. It has around 770 students with a student to teacher ratio of 16:1, and offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Fifth Avenue Elementary is ranked #1 in Niche.com’s Best Public Elementary Schools in DeKalb County. Test scores of students here are well above the state average.

New Glenwood Elementary School

440 E Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA

Rated #2 by Niche.com in Best Public Elementary Schools in DeKalb County, New Glenwood Elementary serves Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. It has around 296 students with a student-teacher ratio of 13:1. Test scores at this school are also well above the state average. It is an EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) school, an approach to education that links learning to real-world needs and issues.

Oakhurst Elementary School

175 Mead Road, Decatur, GA

Oakhurst Elementary serves Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, with a school population of 529 and student to teacher ratio of 17:1. Test scores at this school are far higher than the state average. Niche.com has ranked it #6 in Best Public Schools in DeKalb County. It offers a Gifted Program to qualified students.

Westchester Elementary School

758 Scott Blvd., Decatur, GA

Westchester Elementary serves Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. The school has around 316 students and a student to teacher ratio of 15 to 1. It is ranked #5 in Niche.com’s Best Public Schools in DeKalb County, with test scores that are significantly above the state average. It also offers a Gifted Program to qualified students.

Winnona Park Elementary

510 Avery St., Decatur, GA

Niche.com has ranked this #4 in Best Public Schools in DeKalb County. It has 444 students with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1, and serves Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. As with other schools in the City Schools of Decatur system, Winnona Park Elementary has received test scores that are far above the average state scores. It’s an EL Education school, and is an outstanding school reform model as undertaken by the Harvard School of Education and the Outward Bound program. Winnona Park Elementary also has a Gifted Program.

Renfroe Middle School

220 West College Avenue, Decatur, GA

Renfroe Middle School has been the only middle school in the City Schools of Decatur system for fifty years now. It is ranked #1 in Niche.com’s Best Public Middle Schools in DeKalb County, with test scores that are far above the state average. It offers an IB Program and a Gifted Program. The school’s population is around 1,013 and the student-teacher ratio is 14:1.

Decatur High School

310 N. Mcdonough St., Decatur, GA

Ranked #2 in Niche.com’s Best Public High Schools in DeKalb County, Decatur High School serves 1,158 students in Grades 9 to 12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. Test scores at this school are well above the state average. It is an IB World School and all students take part in the IB Middle Years Program, with a choice between the IB Diploma Program and the IB Career Program for 11th and 12th graders. It also offers an Advanced Placement Program and a Gifted Program.

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