Editor's note: This story was originally published in August. We are republishing it as we look back at some of our most-read stories of the year.
The highest-ranked school in Marion County was Speedway Senior High School, which came in at No. 225 in the nation. Of the 20 top schools in Indiana, five are in Hamilton County.
Schools are ranked based on college readiness; state assessment proficiency; state assessment performance; underserved student performance; college curriculum breadth; and graduation rate.
Here's a look at how Indiana schools fared in the data released for 2023-24.
U.S. News & World Report's top schools in Indiana
Signature School, Evansville
Indiana Academy, Muncie
Speedway Senior High School, Speedway
West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, West Lafayette
Zionsville Community High School, Zionsville
Carmel High School, Carmel
Herron High School, Indianapolis
Westfield High School, Westfield
Munster High School, Munster
Fishers High School, Fishers
Brownsburg High School, Brownsburg
Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers
Carroll High School, Fort Wayne
Burris Laboratory School, Muncie
Homestead Senior High School, Fort Wayne
Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City
Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso
Bloomington High School South, Bloomington
Washington Township Middle/High School, Valparaiso
Noblesville High School, Noblesville
How useful are the U.S. News & World Report rankings?
These rankings don't give the full story. It doesn't look at how many students are disadvantaged at the schools due to low income, disabilities or living in areas with higher crime rates. The Detroit Free Press spoke to a professor of education policy, Josh Cowen, about the list.
"What they're doing is measuring opportunity," Cowen, who works at Michigan State University, said.
Detroit Free Press reporter Lily Altavena contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Best high schools in Indiana: US News & World Report rankings for 2023-24