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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fort Thomas Makes's List of "Best Bang for Your Buck" School Systems

Highlands High School. FTM file. has ranked Fort Thomas Independent Schools as one of the top 10 places to send your kids to school, "without going bankrupt."

In other words, a really good school system, with moderately priced homes.

Their process:

For each public school district rated 10 (the highest) by, we calculated the median home price within that district. We then compared home prices in each of those top school districts with the counties in which they’re located, and identified the top 10 districts where you’ll pay the smallest premium (or even a discount!). That gave us a list of top school districts that are most within financial reach.

Here's what they said about Fort Thomas Independent:

No. 9: Fort Thomas Independent Schools (Fort Thomas, KY)

Median home price: $169,900 (18% higher than county median)

Educationwise, Kentucky gets a bad rap. Right across the river from Cincinnati lies the state’s highest-performing public school district for the 17th consecutive year. Of the five schools in the district, four were named Blue Ribbon Schools of excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

Buy a home in the district for just $169,900, and you can send your kids to these top-notch educational institutions. Oh, you want a career, too? The community is just 5 miles from downtown Cincinnati—not a bad commute at all!

And the rest of the list:

10 - Mason, OH
8 - Redding, CT
7 - Murray, KY
6 - Cedarburg, WI
5 - Red Lodge, MT
4 - Los Alamos, NM
3 - Winfield, IL
2 - Essex Junction, VT
1 - Lake Villa, IL

Here’s what they said about Lake Villa, IL.

Median home price: $219,900 (27% lower than county median)

This district with more than 100 years of history comprises four schools with 2,800 students. The Chicago Tribune reports that more than 60% of Lakes Community High School students are prepared for college work, well above the 45.6% of students in the state as a whole.

Halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the not-so-ideal location offers a price discount of 27% compared with the Lake County median.

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