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6 Most Affordable Towns with the Best School Systems

The season is upon us where school is almost out and summer is almost here.  For many, this means a bit of a break from chaotic school schedules and extra-curricular activities.  For some, it’s time to kick into gear and get your home sold so you can close on your new home in time to register your kids in your new town’s school system.

We are fortunate, living in Massachusetts, to have such highly ranked school systems, but like anything, some are better than others.  Below is the list of the top 25 public high schools in Massachusetts along with a list of nearby homes for sale.  The list was compiled by Niche and is based on parent and student reviews, state test scores, matriculation (college acceptance) rates, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school rankings.

There are six towns within the Top 25 ranked schools that boast an average home sale price of $500,000 and under.  Below is a list of more information on each of these desirable towns.

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School  (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$65,800 $488,500 $1,380,000 $464,286

#5/25 – Out of the top 25 public high schools in Massachusetts, Acton and Boxborough have the most affordable living. Both towns are within a 25-30 mile drive from downtown Boston. While not as close as many of the towns on the list, the commute is fairly reasonable.  Compared to cities closer to Boston, Acton and Boxborough provides much more room to breathe.


Amherst Regional High School (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$90,000 $300,000 $975,000 $342,464

#11/25 – If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle that comes with life in a big city, then Amherst may be the place to go.  Your children will get a great education at a fraction of the cost of some of these other towns. With plenty of open space, you can go off on a trail and feel miles away from any civilization. But, you can head downtown and experience several museums, shops, restaurants, cafes, local colleges, and more!


Westborough High School (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$88,000 $432,995 $1,067,500 $470,989

#17/25 – Located in between the cities of Framingham & Worcester lies a gem in Westborough. While the town is 30 minutes out of the city, it still makes for a 45 minute – 1 hour commute into Boston due to its close proximity to the Mass Pike. During the day, there is plenty to do outside with extensive conservation lands.


Northampton High School (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$84,900 $288,700 $1,075,000 $318,885

#19/25 – Located just next to Amherst is the town of Northampton, MA. Nestled away in Western Massachusetts, you can live in a town with beautiful views of the mountains. The downtown area is a great one too with art galleries, restaurants, bookstores, artisanal bakers and fun music venues.


Sharon High School (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$145,000 $471,500 $1,350,000 $498,900

#24/25 – Money magazine has ranked Sharon the #1 town to live in the United States in 2013 and the #3 town in the United States to live in 2015. This popular and highly rated town attracts so many people from surrounding towns and even countries. It’s only a half-hour train ride from both Boston & Providence, making it for easy commuters that work in the city. The town also has great open space from Lake Massapoag where you can swim, picnic and enjoy concerts to the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.


Longmeadow High School  (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$80,000 $310,000 $1,037,500 $338,865

#25/25 – All by itself on this list stands Longmeadow. Located south of Springfield, it is a great place to find outstanding schools, affordable housing and plenty of green space. Longmeadow prides itself on a real sense of community. People are involved in the community, and in 2012 it was ranked as the 10 best towns for families by familycircle.com.


The Top 25 Public High Schools in Massachusetts:

Lexington High School (view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$348,000 $1,100,000 $2,450,000 $1,177,708


2 Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$297,000 $790,000 $4,750,000 $1,046,542


Newton North High School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$400,000 $1,130,375 $3,100,000 $1,175,680


4  Wellesley Senior High School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$525,000 $1,290,000 $4,662,500 $1,531,229


5  Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
(view nearby houses) *Most Affordable

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$65,800 $488,500 $1,380,000 $464,286


6  Brookline High School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$305,000 $925,000 $6,500,000 $1,242,271


Newton South High School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$330,000 $908,500 $3,050,000 $1,073,780


Boston Latin School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$80,000 $600,000 $25,000,000 $850,041


9 Weston High School
(view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$445,000 $1,350,000 $4,800,000 $1,476,743


10  Wayland High School (
view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$315,000 $620,000 $1,950,000 $727,709


11  Amherst Regional High School (
view nearby houses) *Affordable

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$90,000 $300,000 $975,000 $342,464


12  Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (
view nearby Lincoln houses) (view nearby Sudbury houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$301,000 $700,000 $2,430,000 $794,163


13  Belmont High School (
view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$370,000 $948,000 $3,400,000 $1,039,528


14   Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School (
view nearby houses in Marlborough)

*This is a public charter school, home search and prices based on the town in which the school is located.

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$77,000 $322,000 $690,000 $322,249


15  Westford Academy (
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Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$185,000 $185,000 $1,225,000 $540,619


16  Needham High School (
view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$220,000 $989,000 $2,712,500 $1,073,536


17  Westborough High School (
view nearby houses) *Affordable

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$88,000 $432,995 $1,067,500 $470,989


18   Dover-Sherborn Regional High School (
view nearby Dover houses) (view nearby Sherborn houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$495,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000 $1,101,415


19  Northampton High School (
view nearby houses) *Affordable

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$84,900 $288,700 $1,075,000 $318,885


20  Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science (
view nearby houses in Worcester)

*This is a public charter school, home search and prices based off the town in which the school is located.

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$32,500 $215,000 $750,000 $218,424


21  Westwood High School (
view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$275,000 $710,000 $2,291,250 $824,121


22  Marblehead High School (
view nearby houses)

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$140,000 $556,285 $5,800,000 $639,546


23 
Winchester High School (view nearby houses

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$168,000 $877,500 $2,670,000 $955,045


24  Sharon High School (
view nearby houses)  *Affordable

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$145,000 $471,500 $1,350,000 $498,900


25  Longmeadow High School  (
view nearby houses)  *Affordable

Lowest Price Median Price Highest Price Average Price
$80,000 $310,000 $1,037,500 $338,865

Lamacchia Realty has offices in seven locations, with agents serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. If you’re looking to move to any one of these towns or are interested in any of these homes, contact us to discuss your options.