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Top education towns 2011: Median home prices $100,000-$199,999

From small heartland hometowns to sun-kissed coastal enclaves, these top 10 cities offer families stellar public schools and median home prices between $100K and $200K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Mason, OH

Education quality score: 85.17
Median home value: $182.850
Population: 30,508

George Clooney is a native son of this fast-growing Cincinnati 'burb, which in 2010 ranked #81 on CNN Money's "Top 100 Places to Live in the United States." Residents enjoy the Lindner Family Tennis Center, two water parks, and Kings Island theme park (voted "Best Kids Area" in the U.S. for nine years by Amusement Today). A family town with 67.5 percent of its households containing married couples, Mason boasts a school district that earns a perfect score — 26 out of 26 — every year on its Ohio Report Card, earning a rating of 5th out of the state’s 613 districts. Classrooms are new and up-to-date, with a total of 28 computer labs that provide one computer for every three students.

With 3000-plus student, William Mason High School is without argument huge, but it is a Silver Medalist on Newsweek's 2008 list of the top public high schools nationwide. An impressive 85 percent of the students are enrolled in extra-curricular activities, obtaining state championships in multiple, diverse areas like math team, debate team, girls' basketball, and girls' track. The school newspaper, art department, and wind symphony are also among the state's best. Graduating students have entered numerous Ivy League schools and received athletic scholarships in a dozen sports. Contributing heavily to the success is a young, highly motivated faculty that includes Cindy Donnelly, recently honored by the University of Cincinnati as the “Financial Education Teacher of the Year.”

Learn more about schools in Mason, OH.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

04/26/2011:
"You will need to take the Florida locations off your list soon. An onerous system of reviewing teachers by the test results of their students will eventually lead to a delcline in good new teachers in Florida. State budget issues are also cutting into education programs all over the state. "
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