The Washington Post has ranked Herron High School among the nation’s top 2% of high schools in the nation once again. Herron High School is ranked #279 out of 2,327 schools nationwide that qualified for the Washington Post’s annual “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” index, released Tuesday. This marks the third consecutive year that Herron High School has ranked at the top of the list.
The Washington Post ranked Herron High School #3 overall in the state of Indiana. Amongst the 10 highest-ranked schools in Indiana, Herron High School serves the largest percentage of free & reduced lunch students, with 36% of students qualifying for assistance. Herron High School also ranked in the top 15 in the Post’s regional ranking of Midwestern High Schools.
The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews compiles the Challenge Index scores based on data from 22,000 high schools nationwide. The Index formula is a ratio based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors for that year.
“We are pleased that, once again, our hard work has been acknowledged in this ranking,” says Head of School, Janet H. McNeal. “We are proud of our teachers, who work tirelessly to implement a really rigorous curriculum and push our students to reach their highest potential.”
Herron High School is a Mayor-sponsored charter school serving 750 students in downtown Indianapolis. Herron High School’s four-year graduation rate currently stands at 98 percent. Of Herron High School graduates, 95 percent attend a four-year college or university. As a charter school, Herron High School does not receive state technology or transportation funding and very little financial support for facilities. The school relies on private support to cover these costs.