Category Archives: East Cobb

Spectacular Riverfront Home in Walton School District

This special property is located in the top rated Cobb County School District of Sope Creek Elementary, Dickerson Middle, and Walton High School.

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Atlanta Magazine Rates Georgia’s Top High Schools

January 2012: Top 50 High Schools
Which metro Atlanta public high schools best prepare students for college?
Michele Cohen Marill

When high school ends with a flip of the mortarboard tassel, only one question matters: Are the graduates ready for their next step?

The answer varies greatly. About 70 percent of Georgia high school students go on to college. Last year ten students earned perfect scores on the SAT. More than a third took at least one college-level course during high school.

“More and more kids are taking the most rigorous course work we can offer them in high school, and more of them are showing they can do college work and receive college credit,” says Becky Chambers, program manager for college readiness at the Georgia Department of Education.

But too many students find that their high school didn’t prepare them to succeed in college. About one in four need learning support when they enter Georgia colleges, and a similar number drop out of college after their first year.

We decided to take a close look at how metro Atlanta high schools rate on measures of college-readiness. We used nine indicators from the latest report card compiled by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, which is for the 2009–2010 school year. Schools were ranked for each indicator, and then rankings were averaged to produce an overall ranking. The top fifty are featured here.*

Ratings often reflect differences in school populations. DeKalb School of the Arts had just 291 students; Brookwood High School in Gwinnett had 3,420. At Crim High School in Atlanta, 97 percent of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch due to low family income; at Northview High School in Fulton, just 5 percent did. Schools with International Baccalaureate programs may not have performed as well on AP indicators, as they had relatively fewer top students participating.

But overall, the rankings show how our high schools are doing at their core mission: graduating students who can meet the challenges of higher education.

We are grateful to Terry Sloope, assistant director for research with the A.L. Burruss Institute at Kennesaw State University, for technical assistance. The mission of the Burruss Institute is to enhance the ability of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations to make informed decisions for the public good by providing relevant data, technical resources, and skill development.

Average SAT
GHSGT/Language Arts
Graduation rate
Advanced Placement exams
AP passing rate
Learning support
HOPE eligibility
College preparatory diploma

Source: GOSA Report Card, 2009–2010 (the most recent available).


Cobb ITBS Scores Continue To Top National Averages

Cobb ITBS Scores Up For Three Consecutive Years,
Continue To Top National Averages

Cobb County students again topped national averages on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and posted increases in percentile rank scores for the third straight year (see Table I). The ITBS is administered in September to students in grades 3, 5 and 7 and provides a measuring stick for how Cobb County students compare to other students across the country taking the same test. Third graders had an average composite score of 70th percentile, which means Cobb third graders scored equal to or better than 70 percent of all other third graders nationwide. Composite scores for fifth graders ranked in the 68th percentile, and seventh graders scored in the 64th percentile.

These composite percentile scores represent a one-percent increase at every grade level over 2010 scores.

Administration of the ITBS allows the district to compare the performance of its students to that of other students across the nation who took the same test at the same time of year. ITBS results are particularly helpful in identifying reading or math skills where students may need additional instruction; by administering the test in the fall, teachers have time to work with students before spring CRCT testing begins.  C

ore subjects tested by the ITBS include Reading, Language Arts, and Math. In Cobb County, third graders performed best in Math where they scored in the 69th percentile.  Although not a part of the core total, third grade students scored in the 70th percentile in Science, and in the 68th percentile in Social Studies. Scores in the core subject areas for Cobb fifth graders were at the 63rd percentile in Reading, the 69th percentile in Language Arts, and the 70th percentile in Math. Seventh grade students scored at the 58th percentile in Reading, the 59th percentile in Language Arts, and the 63rd percentile in Math. The percentile scores in Math increased at all three grade levels over 2010. The 2011 scores show no declines in any core subject at any grade level.

“The ITBS scores are a good indication that our students are receiving competitive instruction by national comparison,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa. “The gains in Math, Language Arts and Science are especially encouraging as these academic areas play an increasing role in school performance measures.”

The ITBS is a norm-referenced test that ranks student performance according to percentiles. For example, a student in the 75th percentile scored equal to or better than 75 percent of all students across the nation who participated in the ITBS at the same grade level.  Also reported are grade equivalents, or GE scores. The numbers in the GE score that come before the decimal represent the grade level of the student’s performance, while the digits that follow the decimal represent the month within the grade. A GE score of 5.2 means the student’s performance was similar to that expected of a fifth grader taking the same test during the second month of school. Student scores are reported for the system in Table I.  Individual school scores are reported in Tables IIa–IIc.

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Walton High School District has a Rise in Pre-foreclosures in November

A valuable tool I like that combines real estate information from FMLS, tax records,and public records into a combined format is RealValuator. It’s a great place to be able to analyze sales and trends in different areas without having to go to several different sources. They recently analyzed the Walton High School District and noted a significant rise in pre-foreclosures in November over other months in 2011.

As reported by RealValuator:

This week’s RV InSite focusses on the Walton High School district with a price range between $50,000 and $2,500,000.The first trend to notice is the increase in Pre-Foreclosure notices from September 2011 (791 notices) to November 2011 (1285 notices). While September and October notices are below the monthly average, November is the highest total over the last twelve full months. The good news is that while the Pre-Foreclosure notice number is rising, the amount of homes foreclosing is decreasing over that same time frame. Though a factor to this could be the banks putting holds on Foreclosures till the new year, much like they did last year. The second trend to notice is Foreclosure Grand Total (2,838) compared to Bank Owned Sales Grand Total (2,625). In this area, Foreclosures are happening at a faster rate than the REO Sales. This is a case
where the troubled assets are coming in faster than they are going out. In other words, it is difficult for the Walton High School district to recover from the distressed market when more distressed assets are added than they are getting rid of.’View Full MarketStat Report think it’s important to note that the price range of these pre-foreclosures is in the lower price point for the Walton High School District.  Walton remains one of the most highly sought after school districts around Atlanta and there have been 421 sales reported by FMLS since the beginning of 2011 with 93 of those sales over $500,000. For a complete list of current foreclosures in the Walton School District, contact me at 404-626-1874 or
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