this is a decent website. The best way is to talk to people within the school boundaries that you are interested in. With a $400k budget, you will be somewhat limited to the areas that you can be in. Drive the areas that you like and that work for you, i.e, close to train, highway, lake, etc. and then do your research on the schools within those areas. I live up on the NW side in North Mayfair and love it up here. There are quite a few good schools in this neighborhood, both public and private. Good luck to you.