"Neighboring Framingham does not fall within the 'Sudbury District' for any
purpose - certainly not for schools and the Sudbury Valley School, which
is amazing, has nothing to do with the Town of Sudbury, Mass. or it's
"Talk about expensive! And racial diversity! Forget about it!"
"I would like to explain a few things I've noticed in this article. This
article mentions 10 of around 20,000 communities in the US, the top .05%
in America. The list would have to include about 200 towns just to mention
the top 1%, and 2000 towns to list the top 10%, which is still a tiny
sample size. Basically, it is unfair to say that this list precludes
school districts in other metro areas than Boston from being excellent. As
someone who moved after a few years of having kids in a Boston area
system, I can give a few theories as to why these systems rank so high. MA
has more colleges and universities per square mile than anywhere else on
the globe, the largest industries in the city are heathcare, law, higher
education, and biotech/hightech research, which means many highly educated
people live in the area. All school districts are defined within towns or
pairs of towns, not county wide, and Boston has no complex charter or
magnet school system, which means the best and !
brightest students stay at the local open enrollment schools and
strenthen the specific town's school district instead of taking from it to
aid a more general county (think schools like Thomas Jefferson in Fairfax
County, VA). MA teachers are required to have masters degrees. Lastly,
towns in MA tend to be very small (they were formed in the 1600 and 1700s
based on church walkability), and therefore socioeconomically homogenous
with notable exceptions. This means there is quite a bit of social
stratification town to town and the wealthiest areas, which have some of
the highest property taxes in the highest taxed state in the US can lavish
money on the small local student populations, though it is worth noting
that while Boston is expensive, jobs pay more so some of these towns
(especially Acton) are not as out of reach as they may seem from the
numbers. Education is so instilled as THE core value in these communities
that where I lived, for example, more than 70% of tax rev!
enue went into the local public schools. My childrens' former !
high school boasted SATII and AP scores higher than Phillips Academy,
Andover, which is widely regarded as one of the best prep schools in
America. I now live in a CT suburb of NYC and while the school systems are
certainly excellent, the different combination of people, values, and
opportunities don't always add up to putting ever possible resource into
the schools and honing them to the lean, mean extent that some of these MA
towns have. I'm not saying this is better or worse though. I quite prefer
living close to NYC for the recreational opportunities, the weather, the
beaches, and the convenience (in some of those communities, there is
nothing to do that doesn't revolve around the schools, one of the reasons
I took my current job). My children, while they claim they are not as
challenged, are also less stressed out and happier, which I enjoy seeing
as a parent. These comments are meant to be taken generally, and represent
simply my opinions and observations."
"Well, I'll agree about the athletic programs at the High School (I just
went to their website) but how did the Sudbury school district became so
"I have to agree with the majority of the reponses!
I had to look twice to see if I wasn't misunderstanding and hit a website
for the best schools in MA!
I'm from Iowa, they have excellent school systems here and was the home
for the Iowa Basic Skills Test that students throughout the nation have
taken for decades!
Also, Iowa has one of the lowest high school graduation dropouts and one
of the highest ratings in students graduating from high school and going
on to college.
This was clearly a biased report!"
"Of course MA has a lot of schools on the list - as a state, their
educational standards are more stringent than the national average. And of
course a lot of them are concentrated in wealthy areas with good colleges!
That doesn't mean it's a bad article it just is more proof of what you
clearly already knew. "
"Really?? I think you need to do a little more homework to come up with a
representative list from across the US. The concentration in Mass makes
one question your credibility, work ethic and bias."
"Not surprise Chicago is not in the List. Property taxes are very high in
the suburbs Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the schools have no standardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. High cost of living &
"More than half of these schools are in Massachusetts in places no one can
afford to live.
Is that really the best research you could do? This article is pathetic,
and I wouldnt accept it from my seventh grade son. I would tell him that
EVERYONE knows that the best schools are in the expensive places with good
colleges. Now how about you do some actual work?"
"I would agree with this article. I was looking for a place to raise my
daughter and Massachusetts came up quite frequently. The reason I did not
choose Massachusetts was because of the weather. I choose Sammamish and am
very happy with the schools and the town. Blackwell is an outstanding
"Mercer Island - you don't need a ferry. It's connected by bridges. A
little more fact-checking, please!"
"Nice article. I am glad Chicago was not included on your list of top
schools in large cities - the Mayor appointed a CEO of Schools who has NO
teaching experience, many great veteran teachers are pressured out of
positions in favor of younger, inexperienced teachers who many cannot
relate to nor adequately nuture the over 80% minority student body,
scandals in placement of students to selective enrollment high and
elementary schools, and overcrowded classrooms are just a few perfunctory
problems facing children attending Chicago Public Schools."
"All these rich Boston suburbs. Ridiculous. Your criteria must certainly
"Why didn't just write the article about Mass. and Wash. and leave the rest
of the US out of it. That is what happen as it is. Guess the rest the
country hasn't a chance to educated their children?"