CHS earns Silver Medal recognition


Carmel High School has been identified as one of the most outstanding high schools in the country.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best High Schools rankings after analyzing 21,035 public schools nationwide. Out of 388 high schools in Indiana, only 105 met the student performance and college readiness criteria that enabled them to be included in the national rankings.

CHS, ranked fifth in the state and 622nd nationally, was awarded “Silver Medal” recognition, an honor reserved for schools only in the top 11 percent in the nation. These rankings put CHS in the top 3 percent of all public schools nationwide.

Of the Hamilton County schools, Carmel was ranked the highest, followed closely by Hamilton Southeastern (seventh), Fishers (eighth), Westfield (ninth) and Noblesville (12th) high schools.

To produce the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best High School rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

The national rankings were based on a three-step process. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

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