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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

Every Child is a Scholar

Diverse. Tuition-Free. College Prep.

Offering a world-class, classical, liberal arts curriculum in the heart of Indianapolis, Herron Preparatory Academy is creating a new standard for excellence in public education.

Herron Preparatory Academy is a member of the Herron Classical Schools network and joins the award-winning Herron High School and Herron-Riverside High School. Herron Classical Schools is a tuition-free, intentionally diverse, public charter school network located in downtown Indianapolis. We are founded on the belief that a classical, liberal arts education is the best preparation for a future life of leadership and service. 

Learning through Discovery

Herron Preparatory Academy partners with families and the community to provide a classical, liberal arts education that integrates knowledge, inspires character and values community service.

We believe that all children are curious and capable. We believe all students deserve a rigorous curriculum with differentiated supports in place to ensure the success of every scholar. We believe in the strength of community and intentional diversity. With the HCS Core Values statement as our foundation for all decisions, Herron Preparatory Academy will prepare students for future endeavors through a classical liberal arts education focused on multiple perspectives and critical analysis.

News & Events

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Herron High School as #1 Public High School in Indianapolis Metro Area

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.

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