Allow me to present a very cool tool.
This web site allows you to compare and contrast and look at past years’ info and all kinds of things. You can view the “report card” on each school in an area, look at surrounding schools and their ranking, or compare city-to-city, as I have here –
You can also compare high schools and middle schools. I like how all of the state’s public schools are included, so if you’re moving from one section of Washington to another, you can see how the schools in the area you’re considering measure up to the schools in your existing neighborhood.