Top education towns 2011: Median home prices $400,000-$599,999
From southeast Florida to northwest Washington (with a few stops in between), these U.S. cities offer upscale homes, plenty of green space, and top-of-the-line schools.
By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 95.74
Median home value: $476,880
This Fort Worth suburb is small, but mighty. Mighty pricey, that is. In 2008, Forbes named Southlake the U.S.'s most affluent neighborhood, with average household incomes topping $140,000. And whence comes much of the money? Plenty of residents commute to high-end jobs in the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Plus, Southlake is home to the mega online travel website, Travelocity.
Along with a generous offering of family-friendly parks and playgrounds and a stunningly low crime rate, Southlake is proud of its newly renovated town-square-cum-tony shopping center, Southlake Town Square, which draws visitors region-wide. But the town is especially proud of its schools — and of the Southlake Carroll Dragons football team — so much so all the district's schools share the "Carroll Dragon" mascot.
Most of the town's schools fall within the Carroll Independent School District, the largest district in the state to earn an "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency — and for good reason. Carroll boasts a zero percent dropout rate and 98 percent of Carroll High School seniors go to college. Five of the district's schools were named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The district has eco-cred to boot: One of its middle schools was recently awarded a $2 million grant to install solar panels.
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