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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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Madison, Conn.

Madison, Conn.

Education quality score: 94.24
Median home price: $440,490
Population: 18,793

Not far from New Haven, Madison is a coastal town and the site of the incredibly popular Hammonasset Beach State Park, which provides more than two miles of public beaches. Its historic downtown is home to a bookstore, restaurants, shops, and a century-old brick library, the E. C. Scranton Library. What's more, by limiting the development of franchises, community leaders work hard to maintain Madison's unique character.

Madison ranks third in Connecticut (after New Canaan and Darien) for student scores on the CMT and CAPT, two statewide standardized tests, and 94% of the class of 2009 went on to four-year colleges. But that's not all. In Madison, even the jocks are brainiacs: For the past three years, the girls' soccer team at Daniel Hand High School received the state's National Team Academic Award for a team GPA exceeding 3.25. Chalk it up to a tight-knit community and schools with high expectations and an abundance of opportunities.

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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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