Top public schools: midsize U.S. cities
From Southwest suburbs to Southern tech towns, these top 10 cities offer families the best public schools for places with populations between 100,000 and 300,000.
By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 87.87
Median home price: $375,860
With a carillon and bell tower, numerous parks, and a gorgeous four-mile river walk, Naperville has plenty to offer families looking for small-city charm. This suburb has a high concentration of upper-middle-class professionals, some working at local corporations and many commuting (Chicago is less than an hour away via the Metra rail).
More important, Naperville is known for its outstanding school system, with two high schools — Naperville Central High School and Naperville North High School — within city limits. In addition to strong academics, they offer a wide range of activities: Naperville North has a stellar drama department, a math team, and competitive sports, while Naperville Central offers everything from an anime club to athletics — and is the only U.S. high school with an Egyptian mummy. Also worth noting: The city's sleek public library has been rated best in the country by the American Library Association.
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