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Top education towns 2011:
Median home prices $800,000 or more

Clustered on the East and West Coasts, these cities offer wonderful public schools and plenty of other attractions, but be prepared for the sticker shock of million-dollar homes.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Cupertino, CA

Educational quality score: 85.18
Median home value: $892,580
Population: 53,391

Cupertino farmers once tended orchards of luscious cherries, plums, and apricots in the shadows of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Although landowners in Cupertino no longer grow cherries, firms like Apple and Oracle have taken root. Cisco, Yahoo, and Google are in the neighborhood as well.

In recent decades, Cupertino has matured into a high-tech hub, embracing the highly educated and multicultural population of engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs it has attracted. A city-sponsored webpage offers tips on the proper way to greet your neighbor, whether they are from India, China, Mexico, Iran, or Japan.

Along with that cultural diversity comes an astounding amount of brainpower. A survey by Forbes showed that two out of five Cupertino residents have advanced degrees. It doesn't hurt that Cupertino is a short drive to Stanford and Santa Clara Universities, as well as San Jose State.

There's a zest for education in the graduating classes that come out of the Cupertino Union School District. A past winner of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon awards, Monta Vista High School secured the number 70 slot in U.S. News & World Report's most recent list of America's 100 Best High Schools. Ninety-seven percent of Monta Vista graduates go on to college.

Learn more about schools in Cupertino, CA.

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