New Study Ranks Cobb as the Best Big School District in Georgia


With more Americans on the move than at any other time in history, research studies like the one recently undertaken by Niche.com are more valuable than ever before. Niche recently published a study ranking school districts from across the nation on a variety of criteria.

The study finds that no other large district in the state of Georgia – meaning, any district over 45,000 students – consistently provides the quality of service and outcome that The Cobb County School District does.

Led by a supportive Board of Education and the sustainable and innovative leadership of Superintendent Ragsdale, the Cobb County School District serves over 112,000 students, is the second largest district in the state of Georgia, and the 23rd largest in the nation. The district also ranks as one of the most diverse in the state and the nation. As a big, debt-free, AAA credit-rated heterogeneous community, the district faces many challenges, but the new study proves that The Cobb County School District is overcoming most of them.

Niche’s in-depth ranking of school districts from across the nation confirms that the district appears to be accomplishing its mission of ensuring student success.

The Cobb County School District boasts eight of the Top 50 High Schools (16%), 10 of the Top 50 Middle Schools (20%), and 15 of the Top 60 Elementary Schools (25%) in the state!

A full 25% of the 60 best elementary schools in Georgia are found in Cobb County, which may be a big part of the reason that young families seem to be flocking to the district to settle down.

What makes the county stand out? Well, just about everything.

Niche gave the district an A-grade, or better, in; College Prep, Clubs and Activities, Sports, and Diversity.

The Cobb County School District is not only among the most diverse in Georgia, but it is one of the most diverse districts in the nation. Cobb students speak more than 40 languages, come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, and represent dozens of differing cultures – making the district one that closely resembles the future national melting pot these students will live and work in. Even with this wealth of diversity, Cobb schools showcase a united community working towards a common goal of student success.

Niche may have also uncovered the secret to the district’s success when they rated The Cobb County School District among the best places to teach in the metro area. Thirty-five percent of the district’s teachers have earned advanced degrees, and Cobb County teachers are among the best compensated in the state of Georgia. When school Superintendent Chris Ragsdale was asked about the study’s findings he attributed the county’s success to its teachers: “It is awesome to see their hard work recognized in this manner.”

This isn’t the only piece of good news released in recent days for Cobb schools. Just last week, the district learned that they had continued their streak of success in Georgia Milestones testing.

“The Cobb County School District is proud to announce that our High Schools have once again proven their excellence and scored higher than our peers in 7 out of 8 subject areas on the Georgia Milestones!”

The Cobb County School District continues to offer a standard of excellence in education that is hard to match. Indeed, nowhere else in the state of Georgia can you find a district offering all of the services and opportunities afforded by Cobb County at the level of excellence at which the district delivers them.