The Indiana Department of Education named 24 local schools out of 234 schools across the state as part of the 2016-17 Four Star Schools.
The Four Star Schools designation is designed by the department to recognize the best schools in the state.
Created in 1988 by the Department of Education, the Four Star School Award signifies a pursuit of academic excellence among both students and the administration of a school.
To receive a Four Star designation, a school must receive an A on the state’s A-F accountability system, be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-Plus-based categories and must have tested at least 95 percent of students on the ISTEP English/language arts and math.
The local schools that have been named to the list for the 2016-17 school year are:
Crown Point High School and Eisenhower, Jerry Ross and Solon Robinson elementary schools in the Crown Point Community School Corp.; St. Patrick School in Chesterton and St. Paul Catholic School in the Diocese of Gary; Chesterton Senior High School in the Duneland School Corp.; Morgan and Washington Twp. elementary schools in the East Porter County School Corp.; George Bibich, James Watson, Kolling, Peifer, F. Willard Crichfield and Indian Trail elementary schools in the Lake Central School Corp.; Immanuel Lutheran School in Valparaiso, in the Lutheran Schools of Indiana; Olive Township Elementary School in the New Prairie United School Corp.; Munster High School in the School Town of Munster; Union Center Elementary School in Valparaiso in the Union Township School Corp.; and Hayes Leonard, Memorial, Northview and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools in Valparaiso, and Valparaiso High School in the Valparaiso Community School Corp.