2016 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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    Berwyn

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:As far as I know, there are no major safety concerns in my area. I cannot think of a time when an act of violence was committed against a resident, other than the potential of unreported domestic abuse.
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    Chesterbrook

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 42 reviews
    Parent:The prevalence of crime in my area is pretty low. There definitely is some crime but when there is, it is usually small crimes like vandalism or trespassing. Rarely will there ever be crimes along the lines of murder
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    Devon

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 7 reviews
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    Easttown Township

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    Tredyffrin Township

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 24 reviews
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    West Lake Hills

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 1 review
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    Glencoe

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 15 reviews
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    Kenilworth

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
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    Wilmette

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 57 reviews
    Niche User:Strong sense of community. Most community of the community events I know of are thanks to my school, my friends and the Wilmette paper that is delivered to my house. Most families have lived in the area and have had family living in the area for long time. There are lots of pets in the area. You can always see people going on a jog or taking their dogs out for a walk.
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    Winnetka

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 5 reviews
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    Northfield

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 2 reviews
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    Princeton

    • Town in New Jersey
    • 20 reviews
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    Lincolnshire

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 6 reviews
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    Rollingwood

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    University Park

    • Suburb of Dallas, TX
    • 17 reviews
    Niche User:There is a huge sense of community here. Everyone is friendly and seems to know one another. They will do anything for their neighbors. There many pets and they are very welcomed.
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    Bradford Woods

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    Franklin Park

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 38 reviews
    Niche User:Our neighborhood is very friendly and everyone for the most part gets along well. The neighborhood has parties together, meets up at the pool, and car-pools. Very friendly
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    Marshall Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 31 reviews
    Niche User:I feel safe and secure around town. I am confident and feel safe walking alone in day or night. The police and community work together to protect this area. All the police officers I have come in contact with are nice and helpful same with the people in this area.
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    McCandless Township

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 48 reviews
    Niche User:Opportunity abounds when you live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes away and with that you are connected to all that it has to offer- sports(Pirates, Steelers, Penguins), cultural opportunities (The Strip District, The Benedum Theatre, Wood Street Galleries), and great outdoor spaces (Point State Park, The Riverwalk, Schenley Park). If you're not looking to go into town, no problem- there is plenty to do in the North Hills! There are a number of nationally top-ranking public school districts, private schools of different faiths, and churches and worship facilities. Also there are tons of shopping malls, stores, shops, etc. But my favorite thing about living in the North Hills is North Park Lake, a 5 minute drive from my house. I have spent countless hours fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding on the Lake. Around the Lake is a 5 mile paved trail to run, walk, or ride bikes in addition to countless pavilions for picnicking and parks to play at. North Park is also home to miles of wooded trails for hiking, mountain biking, or trail running. North Park also has an Olympic sized swimming pool where many cool off after a long bike ride or jog around the Lake.
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    Northbrook

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 34 reviews
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    The Village of Indian Hill

    • Suburb of Cincinnati, OH
    • 3 reviews
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    Highland Park

    • Suburb of Dallas, TX
    • 10 reviews
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    Brookville

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    Glenview

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 70 reviews
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    Vernon Hills

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 75 reviews