Originally Posted by DataEast
Just look at the list.
The 1,200 Top U.S. Schools - Newsweek America's Best High Schools - MSNBC.com (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12532678/site/newsweek/ - broken link)
Again, this is no slug fest. I think we should be more concerned about the fact that only four central Indiana school made your list. The first thing that stands out to me is that NC only summited results from one test and not both. Kudos to NC for making your list every year.
The Indiana stats show Lawrence Central has a slight lead over NC in graduation rate and ISTEP passing. NC spends more per student then all four making the list, NC, Zville, Carmel, and LC. Kudos, that would make them a best buy for your buck since they have the highest at-risk student ratio; although they didn't make the honor roll school list. (Carmel spends the least of the four.)
I've said in the past that I was always impressed with NC's parent participation when I was attending an event there. Unfortunately, I cannot and would not, live inside the boundaries of Marion County. Again, I'm biased as I've been attached to a 911 line and police radio there for 13 years.
In contrast to the township schools, the news that IPS is "missing" 1300 students, most likely due to a mass rebellion over their new uniform policy, if we conservatively take 50% of that number, then we have 650 kids out there, not going to school and potentially falling under the wrong influence.
As far as ISTEP goes, there is something about 80% passing (Zville & Carmel) vs. 50% passing (NC & LC).
When it came down to it, I had to choose the best community for education and crime on 30K a year, and I found that in Zionsville.