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Herron Students Score Top on SAT Statewide

August 15, 2022

The State released SAT results last week and Herron High School students came out on top! The results indicate that we are among the best college preparatory schools in Indiana. This is particularly evident with our students of color. Our Black scholars had the highest Reading/Writing college readiness scores, according to their SAT performance, of ALL public schools in Indiana. Only two Indiana private schools scored better. According to Patrick McAlister, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation, the entity that oversees several charter schools including Herron and Herron-Riverside high schools, “Herron is one of the most consequential public schools in our state, and we are fortunate they’re an [Innovation] school. They’ve been making a huge difference in the lives of Black students for years, and the data reflects that.” 

Current Herron High School Senior ShonnRobert Love said of his English classes, “One thing I really like is that we do a lot of projects on the books we read; we spend one quarter on just one book - it’s not just reading a book and writing an essay and moving on, we get to really dive deep by doing multiple projects and understand it to the fullest extent.” It’s not surprising that classes that teach scholars to dive deep into literature and practice their writing skills repeatedly would score the highest on the Reading and Writing section of the SAT. 

These testing scores indicate college and career readiness by showing not only how students perform on a test in a general sense, but also how they think through problems meaningfully and recall knowledge they’ve been building upon since the start of high school. While an SAT score might be a number on a page to some, we know that the numbers reflect our scholars’ preparation for post-high school success. For our scholars who choose to attend college, these scores can translate directly into scholarship dollars. The 204 students who made up the HHS Class of 2022 earned a cumulative $17.5 million in scholarships, with scholars attending some of the top-tier schools across the country. 

In addition, at our Herron-Riverside High School campus, our English Learner students ranked number two state-wide in Math (only behind Hamilton Southeastern High School), and both HHS and HRHS ranked in the top three of all Marion County public schools for Reading and Writing among Special Education students. 

Every statistic and SAT score included in these stellar results has a face and a story like ShonnRobert’s. At Herron High School our teachers work tirelessly to ensure our students are supported and teach in a way that sets scholars up to be lifelong learners.