2018 Places with the Best Public Schools in the Washington, D.C. AreaAbout this List

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. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Wakefield

    • Suburb in Virginia
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    22 Places with the Best Public Schools in Washington, D.C. Area

    Parent: It's expensive but the whole DC metropolitan area is and Northern Virginia is still cheaper than nearby Washington, DC - you get a detached house and yard for the same or less money. Commuting to DC is tough and expensive but if you can work in Virginia somewhere, that would be ideal. Shopping is everywhere. It's very suburban which is relaxing compared to the 26 years I spent living in DC. Unfortunately, the area is being overrun by more and more people coming from other countries with limited or no English skills, parents with low-income job skills and children who are often behind in their education. This includes legal and illegal immigrants and refugees. This is causing a hardship on Fairfax County schools which are struggling to do more with less money and no additional state or federal money coming with the immigrants. Poverty is rising too iin the area. Finding work is difficult too. Specific skills are in high demand but they are pretty specialized. There is also a real divide in salaries. There are low-paying jobs (under $15 an hour) and then, there are high- paying, professional jobs, but not many jobs in between. Not sure I would choose to live here again but not sure where iin the US that it would be cheaper to live with more job opportunities and easier commutes to work.
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    • 12,697 Population
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2018 Places with the Best Public Schools in the Washington, D.C. Area