The schools were evaluated based on graduation rate, ACT and SAT scores, the availability of college prep courses and the percentage of kids who apply and are accepted into college.
The Daily Beast said it evaluated 1,200 top-performing schools in total to come up with the list -- and the 700 schools being recognized deserve praise for offering an academically rigorous program to the most students while preparing them for college.
The central Indiana schools that were recognized include:
Zionsville Community High School was ranked the 248th best school in the country
Fishers High School was ranked at 368
Noblesville High School came in at 504
Franklin Central High School ranked 555
Pike High School took the 563 spot
Danville Community High School came in a 676
Signature School in Evansville was ranked fifth in the country by the report as 100 percent of students who attend the school both graduate and are accepted into college.