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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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Franklin Lakes, N.J.

Franklin Lakes, N.J.

Education quality score: 93.83
Median home price: $939,920
Population: 11,576

A tiny and tidy municipality of barely 10,000, with one of the 20-highest per capita incomes in the state and the nation, Franklin Lakes is home to some major corporations and their leadership — and has been since its founding almost 100 years ago. (It also has the dubious distinction of being home to the notorious reality TV show The Real Housewives of New Jersey.)

Franklin Lakes has two school districts that are just as successful as its residents — one for the three elementary schools and the middle school, and one (shared with nearby communities) for the high school, as part of the Ramapo Indian Hills High School District. Students also have the opportunity to attend the highly regarded magnet school Bergen Academies. The local educational foundation has helped to make the schools in this small district showcases of learning, including state-of-the art computer technology, fiber-optic hookups, and enrichment programs.

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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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