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Top public schools: $800,000 or more

From coastal hamlets to leafy burbs, these top 10 cities offer families exceptional public schools and median home prices upwards of $800K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Weston, Mass.

Weston, Mass.

Education quality score: 96.80
Median home price: $1,021,510
Population: 11,698

Weston is a beautiful little town that looks like something straight out of Currier & Ives. With the highest per capita income in the state (in fact, it’s one of the 100 most affluent towns with a thousand or more households in the entire country), it’s also the wealthiest suburb of Boston.

What do you get for all those clams? Your children will receive powerful one-on-one attention in the primary and secondary schools of Weston Public Schools. All five of its schools — three elementary, one middle, and one high — keep class sizes small and are committed to innovative approaches like team teaching with volunteer/parental support, “house” systems at the middle school level, and a college-style high school chockfull of electives and Advanced Placement classes. It’s not surprising this small district (less than 2,500 students) enjoys both SAT and college-placement stats near the top of Massachusetts’s public schools. Boston Magazine rated the district as the best in the state, while Weston High School was recently ranked as the nation's 60th-best public high school by U.S. News & World Report.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

10/26/2010:
"I am glad you did not hear of Montgomery, NJ - a very small town of about 20,000 with J&J Consumer HQs and Bloomberg and a top (VERY diverse) school set in a rural setting yet with proximity/access to one of the best colleges in the world (Princeton) and hence it's resources. We don't want the bucolic countryside upset by snobs and self-serving opportunists who are not interested in contributing and BUILDING communities."
04/26/2010:
"This list is really silly. These are all old money suburbs. There are many of these and some of these school districts are not as good as the local privates. I think Palo Alto, CA; Winnetka, IL; La Canada, CA all belong on this list. Plus the Mercer Island photo is actually of Bellevue. Just a heads up."
04/14/2010:
"I cannot believe you found no good schools in southern California cities.Did you even look at arcadia or san marino? "
04/6/2010:
"A few facts are wrong here. There isn't a ferry ride to Seattle, however, you can get to Seattle within minutes via a floating bridge. There is also another bridge over to Bellevue. We love the schools and the teachers wonderful place to call home!"
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