On August 3, approximately 36,000+ East Cobb children headed back to school. Education is a top priority, a shared value, in East Cobb County. It is our community’s strength. The reputation of our public schools’ top test scores and quality learning environments draws people to East Cobb. Even if you don’t have a child in school we all have a stake in our community’s educational system— from our property values to future leaders to future employees.
On pages 12 -15, we pulled together those education stats, school by (East Cobb) school- which provides evidence for East Cobb’s great reputation for its schools. While the test scores offer a quick take that helps parents and teachers measure a school’s success, it is important to note that beyond the rankings, each school needs to be assessed for other qualities, like: strong school leadership, parental and community support, creating an environment where students can learn and grow, access to up-to-date textbooks and technology.
Since my oldest Lee just graduated from Walton High School, I now have two children attending Walton High School: Nikos is a junior and Eleni is a freshman. So I have a very personal interest in the information presented in our Back to School Guide! I understand the test scores and school’s stated goals are starting points to evaluate a good school for my child/children to attend. But more importantly, I am able to collect on-the-ground intelligence by attending PTA meetings, volunteering at the school, and/or bumping into moms at various extracurricular activities. Like a lot of moms and dads, I am constantly making sure my son or daughter is in a place where they experience the excitement — and the relevance — of learning, and where the next generation of intelligent, hard-working, disciplined leaders is being developed.
When deciding to dine out, I hope you’ll refer to our 18th Annual Dining Guide (pages 34-47) for inspiration. With every restaurant in East Cobb listed, you’ll discover that a special evening or a night out can be enjoyed right around the corner.
Here’s to a successful school year and delicious diversions!
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
Reprinted from the August 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the August issue HERE.
Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.