While the Hoosier State is not leading the pack in terms of education quality in public schools among the fifty states, there are quite a few districts that do excel in providing a fine educational environment for the state’s youth.
Indiana’s top school district is Carmel Clay School District, administering 15 schools in Carmel and Clay Township. The district produced a whopping 45 National Merit semifinalists in 2019, while the music program also earned national recognition.
The second ranked public school district in Indiana is Hamilton Southeastern Schools, consisting of 22 schools in Fishers and Noblesville. Schools in the district have received numerous accolades, with Hamilton Southeastern High School once being named a Blue Ribbon school.
#3 goes to the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, a two-year residential high school on the campus of Ball State University. Only Indiana’s most talented students are admitted into the school, which is why it has been ranked the best high school in Indiana for four years running.
Fourth on the list goes to Brownsburg Community School Corporation, which administers 9 schools in Hendricks County. The district earned an A accountability rating in 2017, which is the highest available.
Rounding out the top five is Zionsville Community School Corporation. The district’s Zionsville Community High School achieved a remarkable 98.2% graduation rate in 2018, with ?’s of graduates achieving advanced placement credit.
Top School Districts in Indiana, 2019
|1||Carmel Clay Schools||Hamilton County||Carmel||Indiana|
|2||Hamilton Southeastern Schools||Hamilton County||Fishers||Indiana|
|3||Indiana Academy for Sci Math Hmn||Delaware County||Muncie||Indiana|
|4||Brownsburg Community School Corp||Hendricks County||Brownsburg||Indiana|
|5||Zionsville Community Schools||Boone County||Zionsville||Indiana|
|6||West Lafayette Com School Corp||Tippecanoe County||West Lafayette||Indiana|
|7||Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp||St. Joseph County||Mishawaka||Indiana|
|8||Signature School Inc||Vanderburgh County||Evansville||Indiana|
|9||Plainfield Community School Corp||Hendricks County||Plainfield||Indiana|
|10||Crown Point Community School Corp||Lake County||Crown Point||Indiana|
|11||Barr-Reeve Community Schools Inc||Daviess County||Montgomery||Indiana|
|12||Southeast Dubois Co Sch Corp||Dubois County||Ferdinand||Indiana|
|13||Noblesville Schools||Hamilton County||Noblesville||Indiana|
|14||Center Grove Community School Corp||Johnson County||Greenwood||Indiana|
|15||North West Hendricks Schools||Hendricks County||Lizton||Indiana|
|16||School Town of Munster||Lake County||Munster||Indiana|
|17||Northwest Allen County Schools||Allen County||Fort Wayne||Indiana|
|18||Westfield-Washington Schools||Hamilton County||Westfield||Indiana|
|19||North Spencer County Sch Corp||Spencer County||Lincoln City||Indiana|
|20||M S D Southwest Allen County Schls||Allen County||Fort Wayne||Indiana|
|21||Warrick County School Corp||Warrick County||Boonville||Indiana|
|22||Avon Community School Corp||Hendricks County||Avon||Indiana|
|23||Greater Jasper Consolidated Schs||Dubois County||Jasper||Indiana|
|24||Monroe County Community Sch Corp||Monroe County||Bloomington||Indiana|
|25||East Porter County School Corp||Porter County||Kouts||Indiana|
The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.