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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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Darien, CT

Darien, Conn.

Education quality score: 91.99
Median home price: $1,004,910
Population: 20,679

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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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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