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Excellence in Education

Schools in the Herron Classical Schools network have repeatedly ranked among the top schools in Marion County by U.S. News & World Report, have consistently been given "A" grades by the Indiana Department of Education, and are awarded "Gold Medal School" status. Herron and Herron-Riverside High Schools are staples in the Indianapolis education community, and provide an incredible college preparatory education. 

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Herron Preparatory Academy

Herron Classical Schools is excited to announce the addition of a Kindergarten through 8th grade school to our community!

Herron Preparatory Academy is led by the same committed individuals who founded and built Herron and Herron-Riverside High Schools. We extend the success of our classical, liberal arts curriculum to prepare students for high school, with a mission to serve an intentionally diverse population.

About Herron Prep

Transformational Education

Herron-Riverside High School is quickly becoming one of Indianapolis’ best public high schools. Our rigorous curriculum prepares students to be world-class citizens and equips them for success in college and the workforce. Our scholars engage in an urban environment and play an important role in strengthening their community and city as a whole.

About Riverside

College Preparatory

Herron Classical High Schools offer small classroom environments that allow for more teacher-student, one-on-one, individualized attention. Our schools have a culture that, above all, supports rigorous academics and preparation for college.

The culture does this through small classes, continual dialogue between teacher and students, regular and planned remediation, teacher advisors, and tutoring. Through consistency, self-discipline, and intellectual curiosity, Herron Classical Schools students become informed citizens capable of transforming our world.

Core Values

Diverse. Tuition-Free. College Prep.

Herron Classical Schools is a community of scholars that advances timeless ideas and content, builds a culture of respect and trust, and engages in an urban environment in order to prepare students to be world-class citizens.

We are founded on the belief that a classical, liberal arts education, where students are steeped in great historical thought and invention, is the best preparation for a future life of leadership and service. We are structured around an art history timeline which emphasizes the classic art and literature of many cultures.

Every Student is a Scholar

Engaging in Urban Community

Advancing Timeless Ideas and Content

Building a Community of Respect and Trust

Relationships with People and Ideas

Serving as a Catalyst for Renewal

News & Events

Latest News

Gary Wetzel named ICSS Teacher of the Year

Sending a BIG congratulations to our own Gary Wetzel for being recognized as the ICSS (Indiana Council for the Social Studies) Distinguished Teacher for 2021! This is a HUGE honor and we are so proud of Mr. Wetzel and thankful for the amazing work he does day in and day out for our scholars! He truly embodies our core values in everything he does.

Why Latin?

The four-year Latin sequence at Herron High School serves as an intensive course in logic and logical processes, thereby creating a graduate who is much stronger in critical thinking and the ability for tackling more complex questions posed in a college classroom.

Education in the Time of Coronavirus

Times are changing rapidly. By the time we refresh our browsers, there will no doubt be updates and new mandates regarding COVID-19. At Herron and Riverside High Schools, we understand that these rapid changes, and the sudden school closures, have brought on some fear and anxiety. This is one reason we acted quickly and organized e-learning for our students. We know that our students will benefit from structure and continued learning throughout this uncertain time.

Upcoming Events

The Herron Classical Schools Network (Herron High School, Herron-Riverside High School, and Herron Preparatory Academy) is a Mayor-sponsored charter network and a member of the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Innovation Network. The Herron Classical Schools network operates with the authority to make decisions about all aspects of our schools and is overseen by its own board of directors. As Innovation schools, we partner with IPS to give students a broader base of resources while maintaining our status as tuition-free charter schools.