The Indiana Department of Education has announced this year's Four Star Schools. The list includes 41 of what the department says are the "very best schools in Indiana." Only one high school is on the list, Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour.

Honorees meet criteria including:

  • an "A" on the state's A-F accountability system
  • excellent ISTEP pass rates
  • overall high graduation rate (if applicable)
  • show success in closing achievement gaps

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says "receiving designation as a Four Star School signifies a pursuit of academic excellence among both the students and the administration. I am honored to recognize these Four Star Schools and their leadership for their hard work and dedication to preparing their students for a bright and prosperous future."

The program was launched in 1988. The 2015-2016 winners are:

  • St. Mary of-the-Knobs Catholic School in Floyds Knobs
  • St. Roch Catholic School in Indianapolis
  • Saint Simon The Apostle School in Indianapolis
  • Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School in New Albany
  • Brown Elementary School in Brownsburg
  • White Lick Elementary School in Brownsburg
  • Smoky Row Elementary School in Carmel
  • West Clay Elementary School in Carmel
  • Mohawk Trails Elementary School in Carmel
  • Staunton Elementary School in Brazil
  • Jackson Township Elementary School in Brazil
  • Royerton Elementary School in Muncie
  • Saint Wendel School in Wadesville
  • St Philip School in Mount Vernon
  • Resurrection Catholic School in Evansville
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School in Jasper
  • St. Pius X Catholic School in Granger
  • Saint Bernard Elementary School in Wabash
  • Christ The King School in South Bend
  • Queen of Peace School in Mishawaka
  • Saint Lawrence Elementary School in Lafayette
  • Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School in Westfield
  • Saint Louis de Montfort School in Fishers
  • Saint Augustine School in Rensselaer
  • Cedarville Elementary School in Fort Wayne
  • Eden Elementary School in Greenfield
  • Curtis Wilson Primary School in Indianapolis
  • Merle Sidener Gifted Academy in Indianapolis
  • Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour
  • Childs Elementary School in Bloomington
  • James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School in New Castle
  • Pittsboro Elementary School in Hendricks County
  • Celestine Elementary School in Dubois County
  • Northpoint Elementary School in Granger
  • Mary Frank Harris Elementary School in Granger
  • Ferdinand Elementary School
  • The Oaks Academy - Fall Creek in Indianapolis
  • Oak Trace Elementary School in Westfield
  • Zionsville Pleasant View Elementary School
  • Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville
  • Union Elementary School in Zionsville