You started looking when your child was one? That's not only anal, it's insane. Yes, school is important but that's crazy.
I started looking for the "right" school when my twins were young too. I didn't want to get caught up on test results and reputation - for me the most important thing is the learning environment, teachers, etc. We were blessed to have found a Montessori Charter school - and it's tuition free! Kids just started 1st grade and they love it. BTW, our public school, which has a fantatic reputation is only 2 block away - I drive them to our school which takes about 10 - 15 minutes. Our school requires parent participation and I love it. The kids are so happy, challenged and blossoming. I was able to sit in on the Kinder class before we applied for Kinder, so I could see what the teachers were like and how the kids interacted in teh classroom. My kids were slow to warm, so I was also able to bring them to observe the class so they'd know what to expect.
Oh, did I mention that our school is from K - 8th? Now I don't have to worry about middle school either. Keeping my fingers crossed that sometime in the future HS gets added too :)
There was a great article in a Moms magazine recently about this topic - I'll have to find it.