Aurora is home to a variety of some of the best public and private schools in the state and nation. There are six schools districts in the city, including three top-rated elementary schools and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Aurora also has a myriad of opportunities for higher education.
Aurora Named Top Affordable Town With the Best Schools
Realtor.com® found the best elementary schools (which received at least an 8 out of 10 ranking by education information group GreatSchools) in the largest 15 metros where buyers can find a home without breaking the bank.
Aurora topped the list due to its having three top-rated elementary schools. It's also 45% more affordable than the surrounding metro area.
"It's absolutely family-friendly," says local real estate broker Margaret Rowe of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She touted the myriad parks and family events held in Aurora.
1. Aurora, IL
ZIP code: 60503 (outside of Chicago)
Median home list price in ZIP code: $259,900
Top schools: Homestead Elementary School (10 out of 10), Wheatlands Elementary School (8 out of 10), and Wolfs Crossing Elementary School (10 out of 10)
IMSA Named Second Best in Nation
Aurora's Illinois Math and Science Academy has been named the second-best public school in the country by a rankings website. The 2017 school listing came from Niche, a website that compiles data to create profiles and rankings of schools, colleges and places to live. Niche also listed IMSA, a selective residential high school that draws students from across the state, as the second-best high school in the country for science, technology, engineering and math. Read the Article here.
Universities & Colleges
Aurora has a myriad of opportunities for higher education. Aurora University is Aurora’s largest accredited four-year university. Waubonsee Community College, Rasmussen College, and Robert Morris University all maintain branch campuses in Aurora. Residents of Aurora also live within easy commuting distance to Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) and College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn).
High school graduate or higher
(US average: 86.7%)
Bachelor's degree or higher
(US average: 29.8%)