By Ball State Marketing and Communications—
MUNCIE, Indiana — The Indiana Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Humanities and Burris Laboratory School are once again receiving national recognition.
US News and World Report recently ranked Indiana Academy (#2) and Burris (#7) among Indiana’s top high schools in its “2022 Best US High Schools” list. Both schools are operated by Teachers College at Ball State University.
“These excellent rankings are a testament to the hard work done daily by our students, faculty and staff at both institutions,” said Dr. Anand R. Marri, Dean of Teachers College. “At Ball State, we value excellence and service. Through Indiana Academy and Burris, we continue to provide exceptional educational environments, engage our community, serve teachers and students, and advance the education throughout Indiana.
The directory US News and World Report Rankings of “America’s Best High Schools” are determined by student performance in state assessments, college-level exam scores, and graduation rates. Indiana Academy ranked second among schools in the state largely due to its performance and state assessment skills—both tied for first in the State – and its 98% graduation rate.
Earlier this year, Indiana Academy, a boarding school for approximately 250 gifted and talented juniors and seniors from across the state of Indiana, was also ranked by Niche as Indiana’s No. 1 public high school.
“Since its founding in 1988 by the Indiana General Assembly, Indiana Academy has always been an incubator of excellence,” said Indiana Academy Executive Director Dr. Dain Kavars. “Our diverse community of students lives in our exceptional learning community, where they are challenged by our stimulating programs that combine tradition and innovation. I am proud to see this hard work recognized once again by US and world news Report.”
Burris, who ranked ninth in the state last year US News and World Report The list of “America’s Best High Schools” was able to improve two places in this year’s rankings, in part thanks to its students’ increased participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses – from 70% in 2021 to 76% this year. Participation and assessment scores in AP classes are the most weighted items considered for ranking.
Founded in 1929 by Teachers College, Burris is now operated by Ball State as a laboratory school for the university.
“This ranking reflects the ongoing partnership between our educators, staff and students to create an environment of collaboration and respect that inspires everyone to excel,” said Burris Director Dr. Abigail Comber. “Our collaboration with community partners has enabled our educators to model the academic rigor and continuous improvement mindset necessary for success.”
Nationally, Indiana Academy ranked 216and overall (top 1%), while Burris ranked 419and (top 2%), out of nearly 24,000 public high schools rated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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