Each year, U.S. News and World Report looks at information for nearly 25,000 schools in all 50 states. Those schools are ranked based on several factors, including their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Out of all those schools, from all across the land, the one that landed at #2 on the list is right here in Southern Indiana.

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According to this year's report, the 2nd best high school in America (for the second year in a row, btw) is SIGNATURE SCHOOL located in downtown Evansville, Indiana. Why are they so high on the list? Here's what the report says...

Signature School offers Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and its students consistently outscore state and national averages on college entrance exams. In addition to AP and IB courses, students can choose from electives such as piano lab. All Signature School students are expected to complete a minimum number of community service hours. Parent involvement at Signature includes the Parents, Teachers and Students Association, which organizes fundraisers and supplies volunteers for school events.
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Signature School is One of the Best Charter Schools in the Nation

Signature School is near the top of the list of the best charter schools in America, too. There are some differences between "regular" high schools and charter high schools. Charter schools are public high schools that don't necessarily have all of the regulations that govern traditional public schools. Charter schools usually have an application process which tends to lead to smaller enrollment.

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More Top Honors for Signature School

In case the rankings mentioned above weren't enough, here is even more good news for Sig School. The report also named it the #1 High School in Indiana, and the #1 High School in the Evansville Metro Area. Outstanding news, Sig School - way to go!

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If you've got the time and the inclination, you can see the entire high school report from U.S. News here.

30 Bizarre (and Real) Indiana High School Mascots

According to High School.com, there are 682 high schools in Indiana. 555 of those are public schools, while the remaining 127 are private. A majority of those schools have chosen typical mascots to represent them, like eagles, tigers, lions, jets, patriots, and so on and so forth. But, these 30 schools decided to go, well, a different direction.

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38 Celebrities Who Were Born in Indiana

There are a bunch of famous folks that everyone knows were born in Indiana, but there are even more that you didn't know about. Most of this list is arranged in alphabetical order, except for the handful of celebrities born in our neck of the woods here in southern Indiana. I gotta give them a little preferential treatment.

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