Guerin Catholic High School, Noblesville, and Hamilton Heights Middle School, Arcadia, have been named Gold Star Schools for 2017 by the Indiana Department of Education.

Guerin is a renewal Gold Star School, and HHMS is a first-time recipient.

The Gold Star designation signifies the school counselor-led steering team has met specific criteria identified for the development of a comprehensive school counseling model.

"Receiving the Gold Star designation is evidence of the collaboration it takes among educators and staff for students to be successful," said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. "I want to recognize and commend these schools for understanding the tremendous impact school counselors and school and community members have in helping our students become fully prepared for life beyond high school."

Created in 2004, the Gold Star designation has been awarded to nearly 300 Indiana elementary, middle and high schools.

To receive the award, schools undergo a rigorous process to raise student achievement and improve overall student success by creating local school-community advisory groups that review student data, set specific student goals, and commit to maximizing the time and skills of the school counselor.