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Education in Fulton County

From Pre-K to doctoral studies, Fulton County offers nationally recognized public schools, public charter schools, private schools, and many institutions of higher learning to help supply our future workforce. The high percentage of adults holding bachelor’s degrees or higher (54.5 percent) creates expectations for high quality education at all levels.

Fulton County Schools

Fulton County Schools (FCS) is the fourth largest school system in Georgia with more than 14,000 full-and part-time employees, including more than 7,500 teachers and other certified personnel, who work in 106 schools and administrative and support buildings.

During the 2019-20 school year, approximately 90,300 students attended classes in 59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 18 high schools (including two open campus high schools) and 10 charter organizations (some charters have multiple campuses but are considered one school). FCS is proud to have 24 schools named Georgia Schools of Excellence and 14 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is one of the largest districts in Georgia, serving more than 52,000 students throughout Atlanta. More than 5,200 teachers provide instruction in 58 neighborhood schools, 18 charter schools, six partner schools, three alternative programs and two citywide single-gender academies.

APS graduates approximately 2,500 students each year who consistently earn nearly $165 million in scholarships.

Private Schools

There are several outstanding private schools in Fulton County, both religious and secular. Some of these schools have been named to Niche.com’s top 10 schools in Georgia based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings.

Career & Technical

Technical and career education is provided to Fulton County residents by Atlanta Technical College and Gwinnett Technical College. These two institutions, part of the Technical College System of Georgia, serve industry by producing a well-trained workforce, the benefits of which include increased tax revenues and public sector savings.

Colleges & Universities

The Fulton County area is home to two tier-one research universities, Georgia Tech and Emory, the state's largest university, Georgia State University, and four outstanding HBCUs, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. This puts Atlanta in the top 30 most educated cities in the country based on a survey by WalletHub.com. This is correlated with higher levels of innovation and a strong high-tech industry. The area also hosts several other colleges, universities and technical colleges.