By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 95.93
Median home price: $863,160
Situated in Lake Washington in the Seattle metro area, Mercer Island offers a stunning natural setting and a quick commute via floating bridge to the big caffeinated city. With acres of open parkland and abundant waterfront, the city boasts lots of family-friendly hot spots including a boat dock and fishing pier, a swimming beach, an amphitheater, tennis courts, and picnic facilities.
The school district has some of the highest performance scores in the state for primary and secondary students. Mercer Island High School produces national-level scholarship recipients and National Merit finalists virtually every year. At a time when public schools are struggling financially nationwide, how does Mercer Island pack its coffers? The key might very well be the $1 million a year the tiny district receives from the Mercer Island Schools Foundation, as well as the high income and visibility of its residents, including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, Ford CEO Alan Mulally and financial analyst Colby Hanover (who rank among the richest people in the world), and a large contingent of Amazon and Microsoft execs.
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