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Academic Excellence

At Southern Hancock Schools our vision is "Achieving our Personal Best in Pursuit of Excellence". We strive for excellence in every area of education. Our school district is a top performing district in the state of Indiana.

  • The district is rated an overall Letter Grade "A" by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • New Palestine High School is a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award.
  • New Palestine High School is an Indiana Four Star School for 2018-19. Doe Creek Middle School has previously received the same distinction.
  • New Palestine Junior High is one of 36 schools statewide to receive the prestigious STEM Certification by the Indiana Dept. of Education.
  • Newsweek Magazine selected New Palestine High school as one of the best high schools in the country.
  • The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has rated New Palestine High School as a "Best Buy" every year for more than a decade.
  • A New Palestine High School senior has been awarded the distinction of Lilly Scholar multiple times.
  • Southern Hancock offers connected, innovative, and authentic academic, practical, vocational, and fine arts programs.
  • Southern Hancock offers 1:1 technology for all students Kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Southern Hancock Elementary Schools have participated and had success in the Purdue-sponsored IASP Math Bowl and Spell Bowl Competitions.
  • Every Southern Hancock Elementary School is a Riley Caring and Sharing Miracle School.
  • Southern Hancock Elementary Schools hold a creative and engaging Fine Arts Festival featuring art created by students.
  • The Indiana Department of Education has recognized New Palestine High School as one of the Top 20 High Schools in Indiana for Advanced Placement curriculum.