Q: What are charter schools?

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that are exempt from many of the regulations governing traditional schools. They control their own curriculum, staffing, organization and budget. In exchange for this freedom, they must maximize student potential and meet and exceed Indiana’s academic standards. Herron High School operates under the direction of its own independent school board, allowing administrators and faculty the freedom to exercise effective educational strategies and practices.

Q: Can anyone attend a charter school?

Yes. Like other public schools, charter schools are open to every child regardless of race, religion, disability or academic ability. However, many charters have specific educational purposes such as Herron High School’s classical approach.

Q: Is Herron High School fully accredited?

Herron High School is a fully accredited, Indianapolis Mayor-Sponsored, classical, liberal arts, college preparatory high school. As a charter school, Herron must comply with the State’s requirements for student assessment. Public Law 221 requires all public schools, including charter schools, to administer certain assessment tests and meet precise testing criteria. These assessment tests include ISTEP  and End of Course Assessments (ECAs). In addition to testing scores, a charter school must annually provide its sponsor (Indianapolis Mayor’s Office) with attendance records, student performance data, financial information and any information necessary to comply with state and federal requirements.

Q: Who is responsible for transportation?

Families use various means of transportation for their students to attend Herron High School, including carpools and Indy Go buses.

Herron High School currently provides bus passes for all students whose families qualify for free and reduced lunch. Our staff can also assist in providing information on carpools. In addition, many students walk, bike or drive themselves to school; parking is provided on school grounds.

Q: Does Herron High School present a diverse atmosphere?

Students from over 30 school districts in Indianapolis and nearby counties make Herron their school of choice.  Students from public middle schools, home school settings, private academies and religious and church-affiliated schools make up the wonderfully diverse population at Herron High School. This diversity offers opportunities for lively conversations in the classroom and exposure to real life scenarios with students of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Q: Does Herron High School have a dress code?

Studies show that students who wear uniforms learn more effectively, have improved graduation rates and better attendance. Therefore, we require our students to adhere to specific dress code standards.

Q: What is the student/teacher ratio?

Our student to teacher ratio is 15:1. This allows for close relationships between students and teachers. Teachers at Herron High School are passionate about their profession. As a result, they are continually in dialogue with their students, creating an atmosphere conducive to learning and personal growth. The in-depth questioning and give-and-take of the Socratic Method is fundamental to a liberal arts education and is part of every student’s daily classroom experience.

Q: What is the timeline approach?

Our liberal arts curriculum is organized using an art history timeline. Our 9th grade students begin their high school careers with the study of Egypt and Africa’s earliest civilizations. By the time they graduate, our students will have journeyed through ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Age of Exploration, American history and modern world history. This timeline approach allows students to recognize and understand relationships between subjects and fosters a lifetime of learning.

Q: Why is Latin an integral part of the curriculum?

Latin helps students develop strong English vocabulary and serves as a springboard for the study of other Romance languages as well as law, medicine and science.