2017 Places with the Best Public Schools in America

Explore the places with the best public schools based on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and student and parent reviews. This data is represented as a weighted average of the Niche Grades of area schools.

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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 6 reviews
    Works Here:Lincolnshire is A great a great town in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. It is about forty five minutes away from the city, which makes this town a quiet, respectable and clean town. I have been working in this beautiful and quiet town for three years now and absolutely love the ambience. It is heavily forested and there are always wild animals such as coyotes, deeds, skinks and the occasional wolf roaming around. In Lincolnshire one almost always needs personal transportation to go from one place to their desired destination. Commuting to and fro Lincolnshire, might be an issue for people without a car. My only suggestion for change in this town will be to add more public transportation.
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    Long Grove

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 5 reviews
    Current Resident:This town is quite historic, people from all over come to visit it during all of the seasonal festivals. The town is very into decorating for all of the holidays and festivities. It is quant and wants to remain a historical town rather an upgraded town. The food places are very good and the shops are cute - slightly overpriced. The residents are all friendly and welcoming. It is very safe yet still close to other major stores like grocery stores and pharmacies.
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    Buffalo Grove

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 94 reviews
    Former Resident:Buffalo Grove was the town I grew up in ever since I was born all the way until I graduated high school. All of my memories are here. The schooling is amazing, the people here are extremely friendly, the parks are great, and it's extremely safe. This is a perfect place to raise a family and have a great life. The only problem is there isn't a downtown area, and you might get bored since there aren't that many places to go out. Other than that, Buffalo Grove is great!
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:It's a very quiet little town, on the cusp of our larger neighboring towns. It has a cute town center with great food and a beautiful park.
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    • Suburb of St. Louis, MO
    • 3 reviews
    Current Resident:Clayton has one of the best school districts in the nation. Clayton also boasts multiple hotels, many excellent restaurants, and a couple nice parks.
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    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 46 reviews
    Current Resident:The amazing town of Lexington is the birthplace of the American Revolutionary War. The Lexington school district is among the top ranked in the state of MA and nationally. It is a friendly, family oriented, environmentally conscious and affluent community. Lexington is also very charitable and provides many opportunities for community service. The real estate market is very expensive and highly sought after. Great place to live.
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:Top place to raise a family, excellent schools, small class sizes and differentiation, beautiful landscape/lake and homes. Close to Botanic Gardens, Writer's Theatre, tons of children's activities. 38 minute train ride to the city, and just as close of drive to the city as Wilmette (thanks to easy access to the expressway).
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    Clarendon Hills

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 8 reviews
    Current Resident:It is a quiet, safe place to live. It is also diverse and very clean. I would like to buy a house out here one day because of the diversity and I feel very safe.
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 23 reviews
    Current Resident:Hinsdale is a charming quaint town. The town is great for raising a family! The area has excellent schools from pre-k to high school. There's many good restaurants, in downtown hinsdale. I recommend Nabuki... some of the best sushi in the Chicagoland area! The town is overall safe, clean, and a great place to live!
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    Green Oaks

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 7 reviews
    Niche User:Libertyville is a safe area to live in.
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    Bradford Woods

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    Franklin Park

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 38 reviews
    Current Resident:Wonderful area. Very safe, diverse, and calming. Great public school district, and good opportunities for student age people to get involved in the community
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:Being a suburb with the majority of residents being in the top 1% financially, things are very nice in the area. A downside is that there definitely are people and places that give off a pretentious air. I personally do not fall in that financial bracket (or close to it) but that has effected me very little socially. I feel very lucky to live in this area.
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 18 reviews
    Current Resident:I grew up in Berwyn and went to elementary and middle school in Berwyn. I left the town when I turned 20 years old, moving to a nearby small town with lower rent prices. When I became financially stable again, I moved back, because living anywhere else wasn't comfortable for me. Great town, shuts down early (nothing is open after 10 pm) but safe and quiet.
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 42 reviews
    Parent:We have never felt unsafe, older children can play outside without worrying about them, police are friendly and very responsive. We have had some break ins recently but that is about it.
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 8 reviews
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 36 reviews
    Nearby Resident:My experience is mostly at Glenbrook North High School. There is opportunity for success if you go out and look for it yourself. They are not a typical High School and offer many more courses and opportunities than any High School I have ever heard of. Courses such as human anatomy, welding, and automotive. Northbrook is very community oriented and involved with the High School. Every year there is Burger Day at the local McDonald's where everyone gathers from the two local High Schools and have a good time.
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    Marshall Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 31 reviews
    Niche User:Very safe area, diverse population, convenient place to live. North Allegheny is a wonderful school district that has many excellent teachers and offers lots of classes that other schools don't, such as college classes like organic chemistry and anatomy and AP classes. Very good place for working couple to grow up in a quaint neighborhood with their three kids and a dog.
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    Radnor Township

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 35 reviews
    Niche User:This area feels extremely safe and well-kept. There is no vandalism or graffiti and every house is tidy inside and out. There are barely any crimes around here and if there are, there is little to no chance that it involves violence or murder. Because I live by a park, I constantly see the police sitting around the park making sure everything is alright, which makes me feel extremely safe.
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 9 reviews
    Niche User:This area is very family friendly. The school system is very good and provides a positive learning environment.
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    • Town in New Jersey
    • 22 reviews
    Nearby Resident:Princeton is a wonderful college town located in Central New Jersey. It is the perfect mix of small town and country living with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. With several colleges and universities in the area, as well as the Institute for Advance Study, there are many opportunities to interact with the arts and sciences. The Art Museum at Princeton University is open to the community and holds many special events and lectures. The people you meet in the coffee houses are interesting characters. There is an every growing food scene in Princeton with everything from farm to table fine dining to hoagies that are an local institution. Princeton is a great place to raise a family. Princeton does have a focus on education with great schools and a world class public library. It's a quirky town that embraces its history. Visit at the right time and you might find a reenactment at the Battlefield, a historic baseball game, or bump into an Albert Einstein on Pi Day.
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    Oak Brook

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 9 reviews
    Niche User:Oak Brook is the best of all worlds. Hundreds and hundreds of acres of open space, excellent sports facilities, world-class shopping, incredible range of employment opportunities. Close to major trauma hospital and excellent medical care. Superior public safety departments. NO real estate tax assessed for village operations - so we have an exceedingly low property tax bill. What are reported as high 'crime' numbers are from things like people passing bad checks, credit card fraud, etc at our huge shopping area. It does not impact the residents of the village.
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    Penn Wynne

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 10 reviews
    Niche User:It's a pretty safe area. No worries. Family friendly
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:People are nice once you get acclimated into the community. However if you are new it is hard to feel welcome sometimes. The town over all is a cute quiet town. Easy to get places.
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