By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 91.99
Median home price: $1,004,910
Darien shares many of the same demographics and features as its neighbor, third-ranked New Caanan, including proximity to the “big town” of Stamford and high-powered, wealthy residents who work in New York. CNN recently listed it as one of the most expensive places to live in North America. By way of illustration: Darien is only 20,000 strong but has four country clubs, a hunt club, and two yacht clubs.
Darien Public Schools includes five elementary schools; a new middle school complex that was expanded and renovated less than 10 years ago; and an almost-new $73 million campus for Darien High School, completed in the fall of 2005. All that funding and attention have paid off: Darien consistently produces some of the highest SAT math and CAPT scores in the state, with a 100% pass rate on Advanced Placement math exams.
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