Compared to other states, Indiana’s public education isn’t the best, but it isn’t the worst, either. In fact, it’s somewhere near the middle. However, the state is home to a handful of truly excellent public school districts. Let’s take a closer look at the five best in the state. 

The best school district in Indiana is Zionsville Community Schools, which comprises five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school located in the town of Zionsville. The high-performing district has many achievements to its name, including a 98.2% graduation rate in 2018, and 11 National Merit Finalists. 

Indiana’s 2nd best school district is Northwest Allen County Schools, a large district consisting of 10 schools serving an enrollment of over 7,800 students. NACS regularly accomplishes a graduation rate north of 95% and its students score above state and national averages in every subject.

You don’t have to travel far to hit Indiana’s 3rd best school district Southwest Allen County Schools, which comprises six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in Aboite and Lafayette Townships. Like its neighboring district in the northwest, SACS consistently performs above state and national averages in assessment tests and its students boast a high rate of reading proficiency. 

Ranking 4th in Indiana is Plainfield Community School Corporation, comprising six schools and a host of other facilities in the town of Plainfield. PCSC schools have been recognized for their excellent performance of the years, most recently with its Van Buren Elementary winning a 2019 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award

Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools fills out the list of Indiana’s five best school districts. The district’s five schools are all AdvancED accredited and perform above state standards in academics. 

Top School Districts in Indiana, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Zionsville Community SchoolsZionsville
2Northwest Allen County SchoolsFort Wayne
3MSD Southwest Allen County SchoolsFort Wayne
4Plainfield Community School CorpPlainfield
5Greater Jasper Consolidated SchoolsJasper
6School Town of MunsterMunster
7Valparaiso Community SchoolsValparaiso
8Clark-Pleasant Community Sch CorpWhiteland
9Warsaw Community SchoolsWarsaw
10Tri-Creek School CorporationLowell
11Duneland School CorporationChesterton
12Portage Township SchoolsPortage
13School City Of HobartHobart
14South Madison Com Sch CorpPendleton
15West Lafayette Com School CorpWest Lafayette
16Sunman-Dearborn Com Sch CorpSt Leon
17Shelbyville Central SchoolsShelbyville
18North West Hendricks SchoolsLizton
19Mooresville Con School CorpMooresville
20Franklin Community School CorpFranklin
21Goshen Community SchoolsGoshen
22Hanover Community School CorpCedar Lake
23Mt Vernon Community School CorpFortville
24Danville Community School CorpDanville
25Merrillville Community School CorpMerrillville
26North Harrison Com School CorpRamsey
27Southern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpNew Palestine
28Laporte Community School CorpLaporte
29Dekalb Co Ctl United Sch DistWaterloo
30Frankton-Lapel Community SchoolsAnderson
31East Porter County School CorpKouts
32Greenwood Community Sch CorpGreenwood
33Lebanon Community School CorpLebanon
34Middlebury Community SchoolsMiddlebury
35Union Township School CorpValparaiso
36Greenfield-Central Com SchoolsGreenfield
37Western Boone Co Com Sch DistThorntown
38Anderson Community School CorpAnderson
39Western School CorporationRussiaville
40Southeast Dubois Co Sch CorpFerdinand
41Yorktown Community SchoolsYorktown
42Wa-Nee Community SchoolsNappanee
43Delaware Community School CorpMuncie
44Jay School CorporationPortland
45Kankakee Valley School CorpWheatfield
46Huntington Co Com Sch CorpWarren
47Perry Central Com Schools CorpLeopold
48Jennings County School CorporationNorth Vernon
49North Spencer County Sch CorpLincoln City
50South Harrison Com SchoolsCorydon
51Concord Community SchoolsElkhart
52Hamilton Heights School CorpArcadia
53M S D Decatur TownshipIndianapolis
54School Town Of HighlandHighland
55Northern Wells Community SchoolsOssian
56M S D Martinsville SchoolsMartinsville
57Seymour Community SchoolsSeymour
58South Montgomery Com Sch CorpNew Market
59Richland-Bean Blossom C S CEllettsville
60South Gibson School CorporationFort Branch
61Greensburg Community SchoolsGreensburg
62West Clark Community SchoolsSellersburg
63Clay Community SchoolsBrazil
64Barr-Reeve Community Schools IncMontgomery
65Fayette County School CorporationConnersville
66Manchester Community SchoolsN Manchester
67Westview School CorporationTopeka
68Whitley County Con SchoolsColumbia City
69Batesville Community School CorpBatesville
70Mill Creek Community Sch CorpClayton
71Michigan City Area SchoolsMichigan City
72South Knox School CorpVincennes
73Northwestern School CorpKokomo
74Centerville-Abington Com SchsCenterville
75Griffith Public SchoolsGriffith
76Brown County School CorporationNashville
77School City Of MishawakaMishawaka
78North Montgomery Com Sch CorpCrawfordsville
79Eastern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpCharlottesville
80South Ripley Com Sch CorpVersailles
81Adams Central Community SchoolsMonroe
82M S D North Posey Co SchoolsPoseyville
83Plymouth Community School CorpPlymouth
84Eastern Howard School CorporationGreentown
85John Glenn School CorporationWalkerton
86Lawrenceburg Community School CorpLawrenceburg
87Franklin County Community Sch CorpBrookville
88Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson UnitedTrafalgar
89Blackford County SchoolsHartford City
90Washington Community SchoolsWashington
91Monroe Central School CorpParker City
92Maconaquah School CorpBunker Hill
93Spencer-Owen Community SchoolsSpencer
94Northwestern Con School CorpFairland
95M S D Boone TownshipHebron
96East Noble School CorporationKendallville
97Rush County SchoolsRushville
98Tell City-Troy Twp School CorpTell City
99North Lawrence Com SchoolsBedford
100Porter Township School CorpValparaiso


The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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