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A World-Class Education in the Evansville Region

What makes Signature School the #1 Ranked High School in Indiana?

Signature School, a high school located in the heart of Downtown Evansville, is definitely in a class of its own. In 2023, Signature School earned top honors when it was named the #1 high school in Indiana and the #2 high school in the nation. Now, that’s impressive! 

If you’re searching for a community-minded school with world-class teachers and a curriculum your teenager will have great chemistry with, this is it. Grab a pencil and take notes because Sig School is attracting some of the brightest and most self-motivated students around!

What is Signature School?

Signature School, established in 2002, is an open-admission public charter school with a total enrollment of just under 400 students. Any child who is qualified for admission to an Indiana public school is qualified for tuition-free admission to Signature School. For information about the curriculum, admissions, and career opportunities, visit their website

A First-Class Education

Since its beginning, Signature School has put emphasis on excellence in academics, the arts, technology, and community service, making it one of the best places to get an education.  All Signature courses are designed to comply with the Indiana Academic Standards for the appropriate grade level.

In 2006, Signature became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. As an IB World School, Signature School has adopted and committed to the standards, practices, and requirements of developing its programs as defined by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IB World School framework is built to be flexible so teachers, students, and schools have the power to tailor an education that is appropriate to their culture, context, needs, interests, and learning abilities. 

Adding to its prestige, in 2016, Signature School became an AP Capstone School. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides college-level courses to students still in high school, giving them the ability to master certain skills before college. AP courses offered at Signature School include: Literature, U.S. Government, Physics, History, Music Theory and much more.

In addition to more rigorous courses, every student is required to complete at least 25 hours of community service every year, and they have the opportunity to join any of the 30 clubs and academic organizations or participate in golf, cross country, or track/field.  

It’s easy to see how the students graduating from Signature School become well-rounded young adults that have the confidence to take on the challenging coursework of college. And through the many hours of community service they’ve logged since Freshman year, graduating seniors leave with more relationships and connections to local leaders and organizations.


Signature School Earns High Honors

Out of nearly 18,000 ranked schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia; Signature School is once again at the top. Included in the 2023-2024 Best U.S. High Schools; U.S. News named Signature School the #1 public high school in Indiana, and #2 high school in the nation! From the school’s official scorecard, an impressive 100% of Signature School students took at least one AP exam, and 100% of them passed at least one AP exam.

How U.S. News Ranks High Schools

The 2023-2024 Best High Schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare their students for college. 

Schools were ranked based on:

  1. College readiness
  2. State assessment proficiency
  3. State assessment performance
  4. Underserved student performance
  5. College curriculum breadth
  6. Graduation rate

Alumni Students Honored in Forbes 30 Under 30

Not only is the school itself ranked among the best of the best, two former Signature School students, Kerry Ao and Naina Muvva, have recently been named to 2024 “Forbes 30 Under 30” list at just 19 years old. 

When Ao and Muvva learned that 80% of Americans can't identify basic financial literacy concepts, they created Intertwined, an educational software platform that uses AI to adapt to how each student interacts with the curriculum.

Born from an idea in business club at Signature School,  their software program has a valuation of 2 million dollars, and has already helped 2,800 students learn basic and more complex financial concepts. 


Integrated Into the Evansville Community

Over time, Signature School has truly become an integral part of the Evansville community. The 3-building campus sits right on Main Street, in Downtown Evansville, making several local businesses, restaurants, and facilities just a short walk away. 

Students at Signature School use the newly renovated gym at the Downtown YMCA, they visit two nearby libraries for research, studying, and reading, and they often eat lunch at one of the many locally owned eateries

The proximity of the school to the Civic Center, Ford Center, libraries, museums, businesses, and financial institutions only enhances the educational experience for students and exposes them to more opportunities.

Did you know?

Out of nearly 18,000 ranked schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia; Signature School is once again at the top. Included in the 2023-2024 Best U.S. High Schools; U.S. News named Signature School the #1 public high school in Indiana and #2 high school in the nation!