You can investigate the various schools through the school districts' websites. When you find schools that meet your standards, you can consider other things about the area--home prices, parks, churches, children's sports, shopping, proximity to your work, etc. HISD, SBISD, Katy, Fort Bend, Cy-Fair, Woodlands--they all reveal test scores and other factors that contribute to the various designations. You might also consider any magnet specialty the school offers, and if it interests your children. This "best area" should be defined by your values and needs.