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Best Schools in Indianapolis, IN

If you’re looking for a city to raise a family in, Indianapolis should be at the top of your list. This family-oriented state capital values education, which is reflected in the city’s great selection of schools, children’s programs, educational partnerships and activities. In addition to browsing apartments for rent in Indianapolis, moving and raising a family here would involve researching and picking the best schools in Indianapolis. This is why we turned to the rankings on for a list of Indy’s best.


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Top Elementary & Middle Schools in Indianapolis

As far as the best of the best go, Speedway Junior High School, Center for Inquiry School 84 and Sidener Academy for High Ability Students take center stage with each earning a 10 out of 10 ranking on GreatSchools.

Speedway Junior High School is part of the School Town of Speedway to the west of Indy and focuses on grades 7 and 8. Both Center for Inquiry School 84 and Sidener Academy for High Ability Students cater to middle schoolers, as well as elementary school students. One of the most sought-after schools in the state, CFI 84 is in Meridian-Kessler, while Sidener Academy for High Ability Students is in the middle of the coveted North Indianapolis.

To the southeast and with a 9 out of 10 rating lies Acton Elementary School, one of the most desirable elementary schools in the area, very much like Amy Beverland Elementary up in Feather Cove. The next top-rated elementary school in Indianapolis is John Strange Elementary School in Glendale. It enjoys the same respectable rating of 9 as Rosa Parks-Edison Elementary, which is located in Hudson Bay to the south.


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Top High Schools in Indianapolis

Ranking 10 out of 10, Herron High School understands the importance of a good high school experience. Located in the Herron-Morton neighborhood, this member of Indianapolis Classical Schools has an Advanced Placement participation rate of almost 90%.

With a rating of 9 is the School Town of Speedway’s only high school — Speedway Senior High. Rounding out the podium of Indy’s best high schools is Franklin Central High School with 8 out of 10. It’s also worth mentioning that all three high schools — Franklin Township’s very own alongside Herron High and Speedway Senior High — have all won the College Success Award based on their efforts and success in preparing students for college.

Finding the right school is never easy, but finding the right one close to home is even more difficult. RentCafe is here to help you browse apartments for rent near schools of your choice.

Alexandra Ciuntu
Alexandra Ciuntu
Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RentCafe. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she's covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance to interior design tips. Very familiar with the renter lifestyle herself, Alexandra enjoys researching and writing about renter demographic shifts and residential real estate market trends as much as she loves writing about how to get along with roommates. You can connect with Alexandra via email. Alexandra’s work includes collaborations with financial and business publications. Her articles have been featured in several national and international online publications, including the New York Times, Barrons, Inman, Forbes, Architectural Digest, Marketwatch, Bisnow, and Curbed. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

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