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Old 05-04-2016, 05:43 AM
 
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What cities with populations of 200 K have a good public schools? When I say good public schools, I'm not referring to specialty schools for the gifted or magnet schools that are difficult to get your kids into. I'm talking about good schools that kids can go to, simply by birth of living in the neighborhood. Please limit this to city proper. You can find good schools in the suburbs of any city.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:47 AM
 
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:58 AM
 
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As a product of the NY public schools, i'm rather partial to that system. Granted, I went to a specialized HS, but before that, I went to good elementary and middle schools, in a (then) poor neighborhood.
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:31 AM
 
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Brookline mass is literally right next to downtown Boston and it has some of the best public schools in the country. It's still very urban so I would classify it as part of Boston. Historically it resisted annexation by Boston so its municipally separate from the city. However in much of Brookline you feel like you are in Boston. There is rapid transit access to downtown in only a few mins and it's adjacent to Boston University and Boston College.
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:36 AM
 
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Brookline mass is literally right next to downtown Boston and it has some of the best public schools in the country. It's still very urban so I would classify it as part of Boston. Historically it resisted annexation by Boston. In much of Brookline you feel like you are in Boston. There is rapid transit access to downtown in only a few mins and it's adjacent to Boston University and Boston College.
I live in Boston for years, and I understand that Brookline is part of the urban fiber, but it still functions like a suburban school district. It's an affluent community, with fewer than 8000 kids in the public schools. It would be pretty difficult not to have a good public schools.
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:38 AM
 
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This is tough actually, if you are looking for a whole school district. Perhaps Madison WI is another city that would fit. I'm not sure, but maybe Des Moines IA is another one.
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:43 AM
 
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Des Moines, IA
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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I live in Boston for years, and I understand that Brookline is part of the urban fiber, but it still functions like a suburban school district. It's an affluent community, with fewer than 8000 kids in the public schools. It would be pretty difficult not to have a good public schools.
Is your need for a "large city" based on size or urban athomosphere, or some mix? I ask, because there are some large suburbs that match your population requirement and have good schools.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:15 AM
 
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Is your need for a "large city" based on size or urban athomosphere, or some mix? I ask, because there are some large suburbs that match your population requirement and have good schools.
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.
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