We have three children, two of which are out of the school system. They both were accepted into desirable schools, Babson and Wheaton. Waltham has a strong arts program, as well as science, business and a good selection of sports and clubs. Eight of the schools have either been built new or completely gutted and rehabbed, all on state money ( back when they had some), so our taxes weren't affected.
One point. We have very low taxes, but some don't realize that we also have an owner occupied exemption, which can lower them by another $1,019.23 per year.
Best of luck in your home search!