Zionsville Community High School releases info on class of 2021 graduation plans


Zionsville Community High School officials released the school’s internal information on where graduates of the school’s class of 2021 intend to go following its June 6 graduation.

In total, 308 students in the class graduated with a Core 40 degree with academic honors. Another 150 graduated with a Core 40 degree, 13 with a general diploma, two with a Core 40 with technical honors and four with a certificate of completion.

The ZCHS class of 2021 was offered nearly $5 million dollars in academic scholarships, and seniors passed 1,283 Advanced Placement Exams and 182 dual credit courses valued at $1,740,420 in college tuition, based on the average Indiana public in-state tuition cost.

Primarily, 2021 ZCHS graduates will attend Indiana and Purdue universities. As of June 14, 108 students from the class had enrolled at IU and 89 had enrolled at Purdue. Another 15 planned to attend Ball State, and six enrolled at Butler University.

“That’s a trend that’s switched,” ZCHS Principal Tim East said. “Each of the last three years, Purdue has been the one that recruited more of our students.”

Graduates also will attend out-of-state universities across the U.S., including Harvard, Stanford and the University of Chicago.

“Sometimes, we are asked how we prepare our students for elite universities around the country,” East said. “This year, we are sending students literally from the East Coast to the West Coast. Our kids are being accepted into some of the most prestigious programs across the country.”

ZCHS officials estimate 17 2021 graduates will directly enter the workforce and 18 will take a gap year.

In sports this year, ZCHS teams and athletes combined for eight sectional championships, three regional championships, a state runner-up and four individual state championships. The class also completed 32,071 hours of service and donated $112,455 to charities.