A reader posted a comment below, asking why no Realtor would give him any information about the relative merits of the various schools in town and instead restrict their comments to “all our schools are good”. That’s not necessarily how parents feel, but we real estate agents are barred from saying much else without violating a host of civil rights laws and state regulations. We can’t mention proximity to churches, whether a particular neighborhood has a lot of kids or none or anything else you as a buyer new to town might find useful. Welcome to the new world.
I believe we can suggest that you contact the Board of Ed and grab the test scores for each school, but I don’t know how much help that is. You may be able to visit each school and get a feel for how they’re run but in these post Columbine days, who knows? I do know that the principals are all pretty proud of their respective schools and you can almost certainly make an appointment to meet with any of them and get a sense of how the head of each school views his bailiwick. Or join a newcomers club and talk to other parents. Their opinions may not be factual, but at least they aren’t prohibited from speaking their mind. Good luck.