Best Schools in Georgia for Teachers

Once you’ve obtained your Georgia teacher certification, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a teacher in Georgia. But the next step can be a daunting one: finding the right place to teach.

The process of finding your ideal school can be long. There are many different characteristics that distinguish one school from the next, and every teacher is looking for a classroom that fits their teaching style and their goals. Georgia offers hundreds of different employment options for high school teachers with 55 of the 1,600 best high schools in America, according to Newsweek.

If you want to become a teacher in Georgia, identifying which criteria are the most important to you can help you refine your search. Here’s a list of criteria that you should consider and a few school that encompass these traits.

Student-to-Teacher Ratio
As a teacher, you want to be able to connect with your students on a personal level. A large number of students in the classroom is not conducive to the most effective forms of pedagogy. If establishing that connection with your students is important to you, then schools like Oakwood Digital Academy in Marietta, GA, should be at the top of your list. While Georgia’s average student-to-teacher ratio is 14.39, Oakwood Digital Academy boasts an impressive 10-to-1 ratio. The high school limits its enrollment to 150 students at a time, making it possible for teachers to create meaningful relationships with their students.

Academic Excellence
Many teachers thrive when challenged by motivated students who excel at their studies and demand more of their instructors. The prospect of engaging with these high-performing students can be an important factor to consider while searching for your school. Rockdale High School houses the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, one of Georgia’s best schools in terms of SAT scoring. In 2010, their test-takers averaged a 1790 (second only to the Advanced Academy of Georgia, which is an early entrance college program). Teaching at the Rockdale Magnet School means that you will be able to work daily with bright students who expect to excel. This expectation can help inspire you to be the best possible teacher you possibly can.

Facilities
Going to work everyday should not only be exciting, it should also be comfortable and productive. A school’s facilities are not merely aesthetic; a positive educational environment is influenced as much by the people in the school as by the school itself. North Atlanta High School recently completed a three-year renovation of its original campus (slated to become another middle school) and has now begun construction of a brand new high school campus scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013. Facilities aren’t the only thing North Atlanta has going for it, though: The school is the oldest International Baccalaureate Diploma program in the Southeast.

Teacher Compensation
In any job search, compensation is a crucial deciding factor. Teaching salaries in Georgia vary according to where you teach, how long you have been teaching and the level of your teaching degree. A teacher in Marietta, having taught ten years, and holding a master’s in teaching degree can make considerably more money per year than the $54,274 state average. Clarke Central High School is located in Clarke County where 2009-2010 salaries averaged out at $56,510 — the most of any Georgia counties. Clarke Central is an IB school with high scores in academics that was also recognized as one of U.S. News and World Report’s top schools in the state.

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