When it comes to parents choosing a school for their children there are many options. There are many people who willingly give advice. In the end, parents need to do what they feel is in the best interest of their child and their family circumstances. For the most part, it doesn't truly matter because most teachers are striving to do their best to give the best education they can for their students.
Parents can choose to send their children to a private school. Private schools are not regulated by the state so they have more academic freedoms with how to run their school. Not all private schools are the same. Parents need to do their research. Some private schools have religions affiliations. Parents my consider a religious private school if they want their child to have a religious and an academic education. Unfortunately private schools are really only available to families who can afford the tuition costs.
Public schools are funded by the state so parents don't have to pay a tuition. This means that the schools have requirements mandated by the government. Public schools have standards they are required to teach but are free to choose how to teach those standards. Parents usually don't have a choice to which public school to send their child. Schools have boundaries and are required to provide an education to all the students who live within those boundaries.
Another option for parents are charter school. Charter schools are public schools. They have to meet requirements mandated by the government and they receive some government funding. They don't have boundaries and can turn away students. Most charter schools have something they emphasis at their school such as: going back to basics, academia, music, theater, technology, good character, and entrepreneurship.
Parents can look up schools on ww.greatschools.org. Parents, teachers, and students can give comments regarding schools. The website gives grades to different schools based on test scores, parent, teacher, and student ratings, and other criteria. Parents can talk to other parents of children who attend those schools. Parents can visit the school's website. Nothing compares to going to the school and talking to the people who work there and taking a tour of the campus. No matter what, most teachers are going to provide the best education possible to their students and parents need to be happy about the decision they have made.