We want the best for our kids, and picking the right school is a vital part of that process. But with so many factors to consider (graduation rates, student-teacher ratios, number of extracurriculars, and so on), finding the best school takes time, research, and expert analysis—which is exactly what we did in our Boston’s Best School coverage.

Below is our proprietary ranking of Boston’s 50 Best Schools 2012, based on data collected in 15 different categories. Don’t see your child’s school on the list? Sort through our chart of more than 200 schools in Boston and Boston suburbs by category, including MCAS, AP, and SAT scores; per pupil expenditures by district; number of AP classes, sports, and clubs; and more.

More of our in-depth schools coverage can be found online and in print in our annual Boston’s Best Schools 2012 issue.