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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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Potomac, MD

Potomac, MD

Education quality score: 93.28
Median home price: $906,430
Population: 45,860

Potomac is not only one of the wealthiest U.S. communities (according to CNN Money and just about every demographic measurement), it’s also one of the “top education American small towns,” according to Forbes. Besides being home to many of the nation’s best-known political families, Potomac is horse country. Between the million-dollar homes that line the river, you’ll find stables, riding schools, breeders, and more, most notably the Potomac Horse Center, a public facility that offers programs for riders at every level.

Winston Churchill High School was recently nominated as a Blue Ribbon School and recently rated one of the top 100 schools in the nation by U.S News & World Report. And for good reason: Winston Churchill High School reports a phenomenal 98 percent graduation rate, with almost 90 percent meeting university entrance standards for the state. This is absolutely a college prep school — more than 86 percent of students enroll in Advanced Placement classes, and nearly all of its graduates plan to continue on to college.

Learn more about schools in Potomac, MD.

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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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