That is what you want a buyers agent to do in response to your search criteria.
Listen to your concerns, provide choices, provide information ( often anecdotal ) and to give you the tools to your own research as well.
The good schools question can be answered, legally. I refrain form singling out one particular school, other than the ones my children attended, because I have personal knowledge of them. It would be audacious of me to claim that they were the best as my children have not attended many others, to compare.
Agents will not answer questions about racial or ethnic diversity;
of course; you did not ask such a question.
One of the things that you will notice in our area are number of newer schools vs the age of the Bay Area schools. My suggestion is to take the time to view an area/neighborhood with the best commute to your job and then check out the school scores for the schools in that neighborhood and visit the schools.
In the meantime, if you would like to view a few of the neighborhoods and read articles that I have written to help those thinking of relocating, feel free to click on the link below.
Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Several of my clients have extolled the Granite Bay Schools and the El Dorado Hills schools.
I am working with a client who has done research on the Elk Grove schools and he is very upbeat about his findings on selected schools in that district.
There are other communities that the next poster(s) will tell you about. I understand that there are good schools in the older communities, as well, I did not list them as you asked about areas with newer homes.
Here are some sites to help you with your research:
Diamond Creek Elementary School: http://www.rcsdk8.org/buildings/d_creek/index.htm
Roseville High School: GO TiGERS! http://rhs.rjuhsd.k12.ca.us/news.php
Star Testing Results: http://star.cde.ca.gov/
Academic Performance index for California Schools: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov/index.asp
California Department of Education Statistics: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/