Top public schools: Small U.S. cities
From Boston burbs to Midwestern towns, these top 10 cities offer families the best public schools for places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000.
By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 98.01
Median home price: $694,300
This bucolic Boston suburb, bordered by upscale towns like brainy Cambridge and beatific Arlington, has a surplus of stately manses (thus its moniker, “the town of homes”), verdant open spaces, and stellar schools offering a bounty of academic bells and whistles.
Of the schools — four elementary, one middle, and one high — Belmont High is the district’s all-star, winning the 2009 gold medal from U.S. News & World Report, which also named it the country’s 100th-best non-private high school and Massachusetts’s second best. Belmont High offers a stunning 16 Advanced Placement courses, has outstanding athletic departments, and boasts a nationally recognized music program, rated among the top 100 for public schools. High expectations for excellence begin early. From elementary school on, students receive stellar test scores and high marks. The district’s secret? Being an affluent town hardly hurts. But Belmont has a long-standing tradition of community service: Parents and town organizations contribute significant money and time to enhance the schools; in turn, kindergarten through 12th-grade students are expected to participate regularly in community service, from working in food banks to hosting relief fundraisers.
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