Jared Kendall
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While Richmond, VA has a few highly-rated elementary schools in its central area, most of its top-rated schools are found in the suburbs, particularly in the area around Short Pump to the northwest of town.

This area has highly rated schools, but it isn't our pick for parents trying to get the most bang for their buck. For that, the area to the west of Richmond is where the data says parents will get the best schools for their rental dollars.

To help parents narrow down which property is right for them, we will use average property rent and school ratings to identify individual properties throughout the area that are our picks to provide the best value for each grade level.

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Richmond neighborhoods with the best public 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. Going by average Great School rating, the top neighborhood in Richmond is Twin Hickory, located near Short Pump to the northwest of town.

Richmond top neighborhoods

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Neighborhood Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood City and State Avg. School Rating
1 Twin Hickory Short Pump, VA 9.3
2 Innsbrook Richmond, VA 8.0
3 Midlothian Midlothian, VA 6.3
4 Brandermill Richmond, VA 6.3
5 Chamberlayne Industrial Center Richmond, VA 5.7
6 Huguenot Richmond, VA 5.5
7 Stony Point Richmond, VA 5.5
8 Carver Richmond, VA 5.0
9 City Center Richmond, VA 4.3
10 Downtown Richmond, VA 4.3

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Richmond properties near the best public schools

Having looked at the best overall neighborhoods, we now look to find the best individual properties 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.

Best apartments near the best elementary schools in Richmond

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Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 College Park Apartments Richmond, VA $867 10.0
2 Brook Creek Crossings Midlothian, VA $700 8.0
3 Townsend Square Townhomes Richmond, VA $730 8.0
4 Crystal Lakes Townhomes Richmond, VA $735 7.0
5 Creekpointe Apartment Homes Midlothian, VA $861 8.0
6 Deering Manor Richmond, VA $665 6.0
7 Eagle Mill Apartments Richmond, VA $1,149 10.0
8 Cary West Richmond, VA $856 7.0
9 Townhouses of Chesterfield Richmond, VA $825 6.0
10 Shockoe Commons Richmond, VA $1,416 10.0

Best apartments near the best middle schools in Richmond

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Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Brook Creek Crossings Midlothian, VA $700 9.0
2 Creekpointe Apartment Homes Midlothian, VA $861 9.0
3 Aston Ridge Richmond, VA $986 10.0
4 The Park At Salisbury Midlothian, VA $1,344 10.0
5 Colonial Village At West End Glen Allen, VA $1,359 8.0
6 Abberly Twin Hickory Glen Allen, VA $1,416 8.0
7 Trophy Club At Bellgrade Midlothian, VA $1,316 8.0
8 Hunter's Chase Apartments Midlothian, VA $1,308 9.0
9 Colonial Village At Waterford Midlothian, VA $1,457 6.0
10 Crowne At Swift Creek Midlothian, VA $1,612 8.0

Best apartments near the best high schools in Richmond

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Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Brook Creek Crossings Midlothian, VA $700 8.0
2 Lincoln Mews Richmond, VA $683 6.0
3 North Oak Apartments Richmond, VA $745 6.0
4 College Park Apartments Richmond, VA $867 6.0
5 Abberly Twin Hickory Glen Allen, VA $1,416 9.0
6 The Park At Salisbury Midlothian, VA $1,344 8.0
7 Colonial Village At West End Glen Allen, VA $1,359 8.0
8 Creekpointe Apartment Homes Midlothian, VA $861 5.0
9 Manchester Lake Richmond, VA $708 4.0
10 Timbercreek Apartments Richmond, VA $730 4.0
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About The Author

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. Some of his work has previously appeared on The Daily Advocate and unfundedmichigan.org.

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