Do you research on local schools and conduct your home search with- in the boundries of those schools.
Regarding the school ratings, I would suggest that you do visits to the the schools that serve the prospective home you desire. Meet with the teachers, principal and watch the students interact in the classroom and/or at after school activities. Perhaps this will give you additional insight behind the school ratings and provide further information on which you can decide if the school district will provide the level of expectation you desire.
Kimberly Barton, REALTOR
Champion Realty, Inc.