Six communities in the Boston suburbs are listed in the Great Schools' top ten list of "small cities" with a top public schools. (Thanks to Dave Atkins Our Westwood blog for pointing this out.)
Belmont, Acton, Weston, Westwood, Winchester and Sudbury make the list, which can be read here.
Here's a sample from the Belmont page:
"This bucolic Boston suburb, bordered by upscale towns like brainy Cambridge and beatific Arlington, has a surplus of stately manses (thus its moniker, “the town of homes”), verdant open spaces, and stellar schools offering a bounty of academic bells and whistles.''
And here's a sample from the Weston page:
"Weston is a beautiful little town that looks like something straight out of Currier & Ives. With the highest per capita income in the state (in fact, it’s one of the 100 most affluent towns with a thousand or more households in the entire country), it’s also the wealthiest suburb of Boston."
And here's an excerpt from the Westwood page:
"Norman Rockwell would have felt right at home in this picturesque New England hamlet that retains an old-fashioned feel. No wonder Westwood attracts so many families who want a more relaxed small-town life yet can easily commute — via two commuter rail lines — to Boston, located 12 miles away. What’s more, the town maintains a strong commitment to education. There’s a top-notch school system, and last year the independent-run Westwood Educational Foundation gave nearly $78,000 in grants, funding everything from spelling bees to math contests.''