Best private-school education for public-school cost

Henry W. Grady High School

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It's no surprise why Atlanta parents are always angling to send their child to HENRY W. GRADY HIGH SCHOOL in Midtown. Named after the pioneering Atlanta Constitution editor who urged progress through cooperation after the Civil War, Grady High School prides itself on diversity, educational offerings and a faculty so beloved you'd think parents wanted to adopt the teachers as well. More than 62 percent of its student body is African-American, and 91 of the last school year's 234 graduates came from economically disadvantaged homes. Its well-regarded magnet program hammers the importance and power of communications and journalism, and a health science career academy introduces students to a promising field. And while disparities do exist among students' testing scores, this intown gem is a public-education standout that believes in giving the city's children the tools they need.
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