it's easy to find out about how the kids scored on standardized test online (http://sunilsethi.com/schools.htm
) and to confirm there is space available in the school currently for your child by calling (510) 979-7700. However, don't rely just on the numbers alone to find out how the school is.
I highly recommend, while you are looking at properties in the neighborhood, you talk to the neighbors and ask them what they like about the school, what they don't, also ask them about the neighborhood (crime, noises, how long they've been there, nuisance neighbors, etc.).
I always have my buyers talk to the neighbors, since just like it's difficult to change the layout of a home, it's also difficult to change a lousy neighbor or school.
Good luck on your hunt! If you are still interviewing for a Buyer Agent, please feel free to contact me for a consultation.