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Top public schools: $400,000-$599,999

From Beltway burbs to lakefront towns, these top 10 cities offer families wonderful public schools and median home prices between $400K and $600K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Sammamish, Wash.

Sammamish, Wa.

Education quality score: 95.88
Median home price: $569,140
Population: 35,242

If Sammamish has its quirks, they're quirks worth learning about. Near Seattle but secluded on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, this town allows residents to reap the rewards of both rural and suburban lifestyles. Though it lacks a post office, Sammamish boasts a symphony orchestra and great schools in two districts, Lake Washington County School District (northern Sammamish) and Issaquah School District (southern Sammamish).

Sammamish-area schools are bursting with innovative programs. Last November, for example, the Green Team at Issaquah Middle School joined with MIT to investigate how garbage moves through cities. Lake Washington also runs 11 incredibly popular "choice schools" like the 90-student Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, which focuses on the visual and performing arts.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

05/24/2010:
"We live in Sammamish and think the public schools are appalling! Unfortunately, parents don't see this until it's too late. This article is nothing more than a feel good piece of propaganda. Parents, look deeper. "
04/28/2010:
"Author needs to know that Arlington is a town, not a city. "
04/13/2010:
"Who with children who can actually afford to live in these small cities at these home prices? The prices must be held up by all the baby boomers with empty nests and fat wallets."
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