Top High Schools in the Atlanta, GA Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Atlanta, GA Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011



McIntosh High School

Fayette County School District


During the school day, over 350 golf carts are parked on McIntosh High School's campus. Since the school is located in a planned community surrounded by miles of golf cart paths, many students drive their family golf cart to school. Over 90% of the students attend a post-secondary school, and over half of the students in recent graduating classes received the HOPE scholarship, which rewards academic excellence and helps with tuition for those attending college in Georgia.


The school offers over 18 Advance Placement (AP) classes and gifted coursework in science, math and English. The school has a Career-Technology-Agricultural Education field that offers construction, graphic arts, technology, business, health occupations, family consumer science, and teacher education classes.


Many of the extracurricular programs at the school regularly perform at the highest level and students can select from many different arts programs, such as band, art and orchestra. The drama program regularly performs one-act plays, full length plays, and musicals. The dance team has a history of excellence and is often ranked near the top of the chart both regionally and nationally. McIntosh School is known for its excellent soccer program and also has successful lacrosse, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, and golf teams.


“Our teachers establish high expectations. Our parents expect exemplary instruction and outcomes, and our students pursue excellence,” said Lisa Fine, Principal of McIntosh High School.



Milton High School

Fulton County School District


At Milton High School, it is common for student’s grandparents to have attended the school, and many teachers were once students there themselves. Since the school opened in 1921, Milton High has been an important part of the community and the school has a strong sense of tradition. Milton High School works to serve all students from those on career pathways to students heading to college after graduation. The school has a 90% rate of college enrollment, and students looking for a challenge can enroll in AP courses, of which over 20 are offered.


Band is a very popular program at the school and Milton has a nationally recognized chorus. One of the more unique offerings at the school is a Circus program, where students learn to perform in a Cirque du Soleil style. The drama program gives students the opportunity to perform in a black box theater with the latest in sound and lighting technology.


Athletics are important on campus and the school has many championship trophies in their trophy case. In addition to 19 varsity athletic programs offered, all students can participate in club sports such as fencing, rugby and crew.


“We have a long tradition of education and our roots run deep of excellence achieved in both academics and athletics,” said Cliff Jones, Principal of Milton.



Northgate High School

Coweta County School District


Northgate High School provides many opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom. Students can select from four study programs: College Preparatory with Distinction, College Preparatory, Career/Technical with Distinction, and Career/Technical. A dual diploma with College Preparatory and Career/Technical is also available to students. The school also offers AP courses for student looking to earn college credit through taking AP exams.


Northgate offers several career-oriented electives, including fashion design and construction course. Students interested in pursuing a career in nursing can also take Health Occupations classes at West Central Technical College.


Athletic teams are competitive on campus, with several state championship titles held by the school, including competitive cheerleading and softball. Students can try-out for Cross country, volleyball, softball, football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, cheerleading, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, and track.


"The goal of the school is to "provide high level, engaging work for all learners and leaders to meet the needs of all stakeholders."






Northview High School

Fulton County School District 


Northview High School celebrates the diversity of the school and provides an academically challenging curriculum for its students. The school offers many AP classes and has numerous students selected as National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists each year.


Over 98% of the students go on to attend a two-year or four-year college after graduation and the school has the third highest SAT scores of Georgia high schools. The school has state-of-the-art facilities with laboratories, technology integrated throughout campus, an outdoor campus, and top-notch sports facilities.


Performing arts programs are outstanding; the orchestra received national reviews and the theater company once performed at the Fringe Festival in Scotland. Through events such as Black History Month assemblies and International Night, the school brings the students and community together to learn more about others. In addition to planning events, the student organization on campus offers cyber-bullying workshops for all freshmen, and helps to encourage conflict resolution through a year-round meditation program.


“Our school is all summed up in our mission: To instill excellence in academics, arts, and athletics,” said Pamela Spalla, principal of Northview.



Pope High School

Cobb County School District


With over 50% of the students playing on a sports team and over 90% of the students participating in a club, One of Pope High School's hallmarks is student involvement. The school gives the students a lot of responsibility and believes that the more responsibility they are given, the more responsible the students will act.


The school benefits from a high level of parental involvement, and teachers work together in teams to collaborate across subject areas. To help students have time to get extra help, there are two academic opportunity periods each week. The academics at Pope High are top-notch – a large number of students take AP courses and AP exams have a high pass-rate.


The athletic programs have dramatically improved in recent years and the school now has one of the best overall athletic programs in the district. The school is also heavily focused on community service, where the students log a high number of community service hours and once raised over 20K for a local foundation.


“We drive home to our students that they should work hard, do the right thing and not be a “me” person,” said Richard Beaulieu, Principal of Pope High School.



Riverwood High School

Fulton County School District


At the Riverwood International Charter School, students focus on international studies and are offered an academically challenging curriculum. The diverse student body at Riverwood represents over 40 different countries.


Over 51% of the students participate in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). The school’s website describes the IB program at Riverwood International as “a challenging four-year curriculum that focuses on world issues, global economics, cultural awareness and field experiences such as internships and travel.” IB students can also earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma at the end of four years.


In keeping with the school's international focus, Riverwood has a strong foreign language program which offers several languages, including Japanese. Students can take over 15 different AP courses and many students participate in the Advanced Placement program at the school. The school also offers Career and Technical focuses in Broadcast Video Production, Business Education, Family and Consumer Science, Pre-Engineering Technology, and Culinary Arts. The school offers a comprehensive athletic program and many activity clubs.


The vision for the school is to “deliver a challenging curriculum that gives all students the tools needed to be successful, contributing members of our nation and the world.



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