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Washington Post: America’s Most Challenging High Schools – ISI recognized for 6th year!

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America's Most Challenging High School Badge 2The 2017 Washington Post High School Challenge Index has just been published, and our High School has again been ranked the most challenging high school in Indianapolis, the 2nd most challenging in Indiana, 5th in the Midwest and the 73rd most challenging in the nation.  This is a great achievement, and a very significant improvement on last year, where we were placed 104th (which was also a very high ranking)!

ISI’s recognition as a top high school is thanks to our IB-for-all policy of including all high school students in the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program.  The full IB Diploma is a challenging target but an attainable one for the majority of students aspiring to go to college.  Most IB schools in the US allow students to take IB certificate classes mixed with other courses while the full IB Diploma is reserved for a small group of high achieving students. Their curriculum does not match the depth of studies and extent of research and critical thinking required for the full IB Diploma.  ISI encourages all students to rise to the challenge and fulfill their potential.  ISI students consistently achieve 8% above the world average and 20% above the US average in the IB Diploma, with many ISI students obtaining the bilingual IB Diploma.

In part due to ISI’s academic rigor, both the school’s graduation rates and college attendance rates are 100%.  ISI graduates are bilingual, or even trilingual speakers.  ISI’s class of 2017 with 42 students have acceptances from 96 colleges and universities and have been offered over $5,000,000 in merit awards.

ISI’s academic rigor and full IB continuum programme have driven students to excel on every level while focusing on respect, responsibility, and effort.

The index is the brainchild of Washington Post Education Writer Jay Matthews.

Read Jay’s column here.

View the full rankings here.

Thank you to the ISI faculty for ensuring that all students at ISI are appropriately and meaningfully challenged!


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