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Old 05-04-2016, 10:50 AM
 
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It's partially about determining which large cities prioritize K-12 education, and are run efficiently enough to do something about it.

Right now, we live in a city with Soso public schools, but we're fortunate enough to be able to live in one of only the neighborhoods with the good assigned schools. Both ethnic and and socioeconomic diversity matter quite a bit to me.
I think the last portion of this post is pretty common in many cities. It may be a matter of the section of town or even the structure(county SD's for an example).

Also, what about smaller, but more urban cities within a major metro? I'm thinking of say White Plains NY, Evanston IL, Royal Oak MI, etc. These districts will offer diversity(culturally and economically) and are pretty solid/good in terms of academic performance.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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Jacksonville FL

It's southern suburbs in St John's County and northern suburbs in Nassau County are ranked #1 and #2 respectively of the 67 public school districts in Florida. Even the western suburbs of Clay County are ranked a respectable #14.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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The standard answers to this are Portland and Seattle. While neither city has top-notch schools as a whole, they tend to be average overall with a wide range of performance. Certainly there really isn't the dynamic in either city that you see elsewhere in the North, where parents, once their children are of a certain age, decamp to the suburbs.
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:36 PM
 
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Bigger college towns/cities may actually fit depending what you consider to be a mid sized city and/or location. For instance, Ann Arbor MI would fit, but city size may be an issue. On the other hand, its very close proximity to the Detroit metro area may offset its city population/size.

Then, you may have a smaller center city in a mid sized metro like Troy NY, which has very urban neighborhoods within the city and the 2 high schools that cover the city have grad rates around/above the state and national percentage. This is along with 3 private HS options within the city. What may help is that some neighborhoods outside of Troy feed into Troy City or Lansingburgh schools as well.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:19 AM
 
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Portland, Oregon (609,465)
Seattle, Washington (652,405)
Madison, Wisconsin (243,344)
Irvine, California (236,716)

These are all pretty safe bets for competitive public schools without a magnet/gifted structure - of course it depends on the neighborhood.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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Omaha..

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Old 05-07-2016, 06:47 AM
 
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It's partially about determining which large cities prioritize K-12 education, and are run efficiently enough to do something about it.

Right now, we live in a city with Soso public schools, but we're fortunate enough to be able to live in one of only the neighborhoods with the good assigned schools. Both ethnic and and socioeconomic diversity matter quite a bit to me.
Plano, Texas, might count, possibly. It is a middle class suburb of about 270 thousand residents. Despite that, I am led to believe that the city has socioeconomic diversity based on a poverty rate just above 8%, although I guess you may consider that too low to count. Ethnically, it seems diverse, depending on what part of the country you compare it to: CD (2913) White Alone 57.7%, Asian Alone 18.3%, Hispanic 13.3%, Black Alone 08.0%, Multiracial 02.1%, 24.1% born outside of the nation.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The standard answers to this are Portland and Seattle. While neither city has top-notch schools as a whole, they tend to be average overall with a wide range of performance. Certainly there really isn't the dynamic in either city that you see elsewhere in the North, where parents, once their children are of a certain age, decamp to the suburbs.
However, much of the area that is within city limits in Seattle and Portland would be considered suburbs in other northern cities.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines.

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In just a few years, the IB program in Des Moines has grown to include ten schools serving more than 4,500 students.

The school district is currently home to ten IB World Schools:

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