Baltimore Apartments near schools

The best schools in Baltimore encircle the city, with pockets of higher-rated schools to the north and southwest. The best deals all seem to be found around the Towson area, just to the north of Baltimore. There are other areas with good schools, but Towson seems to offer the best combination of affordable rents and high rated schools.

Best Public Schools Baltimore
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As well as identifying good parts of town to look, we will use average property rent and school ratings to identify properties throughout the Baltimore area that are our picks to provide the best value for each grade level.

Top neighborhoods for high rated schools

Viewing school ratings by neighborhood allows us to find the areas with superb overall schools, rather than just identifying one-off instances of an individually exemplary school. By this metric, Ruxton (near Towson) is the neighborhood in greater Baltimore that is closest to the best overall schools.

Best neighborhoods public schools Baltimore
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Neighborhood Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood City and State Avg. School Rating
1 Ruxton Towson, MD 9.0
2 Kings Contrivance Jessup, MD 7.0
3 Long Reach Columbia, MD 7.0
4 North Laurel Laurel, MD 7.0
5 Taylor Heights Nottingham, MD 6.7
6 South Gate Millersville, MD 6.0
7 Hickory Ridge Columbia, MD 5.8
8 Downtown Columbia Columbia, MD 5.7
9 Fairway Hills Columbia, MD 5.7
10 Seven Oaks Odenton, MD 5.7

Baltimore area apartments near great schools

Having looked at the best overall neighborhoods near Baltimore, we now look to find the best individual apartment communities near the best schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Click on any location circle in our interactive maps to pull up info on properties for that location.

Elementary schools

Located in a quiet neighborhood, Drumcastle tops our list of best value apartments for families with elementary-aged children.

Best elementary schools Baltimore
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Value Rank Property Name Location Average Rent Average School Rating
1 Drumcastle Baltimore, MD $915 9.0
2 Harford Village South Bel Air, MD $1,044 10.0
3 Wakefield Manor Bel Air, MD $1,075 9.0
4 Park Crescent Baltimore, MD $1,079 9.0
5 Hickory Hills Condominiums Bel Air, MD $1,128 9.0
6 Cub Hill Apartments Parkville, MD $1,006 8.0
7 Security Park Apartments Windsor Mill, MD $1,019 8.0
8 Mays Chapel Village Timonium, MD $1,282 10.0
9 Seasons at Bel Air Bel Air, MD $1,217 9.0
10 Twin Ridge Apartments Baltimore, MD $1,353 10.0

Middle Schools

Reflection Knoll at 5 Corners offers access to excellent middle schools at a great price.

Best middle schools Baltimore
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Value Rank Property Name Location Average Rent Average School Ranking
1 Reflection Knoll at 5 Corners Timonium, MD $988 10.0
2 Drumcastle Baltimore, MD $915 9.0
3 Hartford Village South Bel Air, MD $1,044 10.0
4 Wakefield Manor Bel Air, MD $1,075 10.0
5 Hickory Hills Condominiums Bel Air, MD $1,128 10.0
6 Rossbrooke Apartments at the Lakes Cockeysville, MD $1,018 9.0
7 Perry Hall Apartments Perry Hall, MD $1,040 9.0
8 Eagles Walk Apartment Homes White Marsh, MD $1,055 9.0
9 Park Crescent Baltimore, MD $1,079 9.0
10 Seasons at Bel Air Bel Air, MD $1,217 10.0

High Schools

The average school rating of high schools near Drumcastle is 8, offering residents an opportunity to live near these schools for less than $1,000 per month.

best high schools baltimore
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Value Rank Property Name Location Average Rent Average School Ranking
1 Drumcastle Baltimore, MD $915 8.0
2 Harford Village South Bel Air, MD $1,044 8.0
3 Wakefield Manor Bel Air, MD $1,075 8.0
4 Park Crescent Baltimore, MD $1,079 8.0
5 Seasons at Bel Air Bel Air, MD $1,217 9.0
6 Hickory Hills Condominiums Bel Air, MD $1,128 8.0
7 Reflection Knoll at 5 Corners Timonium, MD $988 7.0
8 Rossbrooke Apartments at the Lakes Cockeysville, MD $1,018 7.0
9 Heritage Woods Bel Air, MD $1,381 9.0
10 The Lakes Cockeysville, MD $1,104 7.0

Money Aside

Our number crunching also shows where parents can get the best return on their rental dollars, in terms of school rating. For parents interested in proximity regardless of price, we also include specific apartments that would fit that bill:

Property Name School Rating City Avg. Rent Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
The Park at Winters Run 10 Bel Air 1653 10 10 10
Chatham Gardens 9.67 Ellicott City 1600 10 10 9
Oakmont Village Apartments 9.67 Ellicott City 1978 10 10 9
Orchard Park 9.67 Ellicott City 2245 10 10 9
Plum Tree 9.67 Ellicott City 1618 10 10 9
Townes at Pine Orchard 9.67 Ellicott City 2472 10 10 9
Harford Village South 9.33 Bel Air 1044 10 10 8
Heritage Woods 9.33 Bel Air 1381 9 10 9
Seasons at Bel Air 9.33 Bel Air 1217 9 10 9
Avanti Luxury 9 Bel Air 1852 9 10 8

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Jared is a Baton Rouge, La.-based freelance journalist focused on, in his words, "finding data, 'interviewing it,' and then telling its story through interactive tools and traditional journalism." His past work includes analyzing pension shortfalls, looking at election results, tracking campaign finance contributions, and analyzing educational and school system data. Jared is currently a freelancer for Upwork.

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