The school district website should have info on the schools. Our district website has 'report cards' for each school that tell you average class size, how the school performs on standardized tests, how the district in general performs on stadardized tests, how the state in general performs on standardized tests, if the school is making adequate progress (for underperforming schools), teacher salary, graduation rates (for high schools), etc.
You could also talk to some of the parents who've had their kids in the school for a year or more & see what they think of it.
Some schools may allow you to spend some time in the school during school time, spend some time in the classes to see how the teachers interact with the kids, etc.
at 10:04 AM on Sep. 14, 2009