First and foremost, unlike a decade ago, there is an abundance of information about schools on the internet. Here are a list of websites that can help with your initial search.
This is great first step. You can search for any school district that you are considering to see how it ranks. It will rank schools on a numerical scale from 1-10.
This website begins to give you a little deeper statistical analysis of how the schools rank.
This is a yearly ranking by Niche. This is based on several different statistics as well as reviews from students.
U.S. News ranking of High Schools in Georgia.
And, finally, this is a ranking is by U.S News. This is based on four key metrics listed on the website.
All children and all parents are not the same. So, a great school for one student and parent may not be a great fit for another. Pay attention to things like student-teacher ratios, or whether a school offers a specific program that engages something that you child loves. Some schools have video, photography, or broadcasting classes. The key is to find the school that is right for your child.
If you are seriously considering a home, head to the neighborhood when school lets out, and talk to some of the parents. Head to the school and talk with the principle and ask for a tour. Walking through the school will give you a first hand look at what your child will see everyday.
And, finally, remember, that regardless of the schools ranking, the success of your particular student can be directly influenced by your involvement, and your student's hard work.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions or feedback that you may have.