About Us - Herron Preparatory Academy

Transformational Education Now Beginning in Kindergarten!

Indianapolis Classical Schools is excited to announce the addition of a Kindergarten through 8th grade school to our community! We opened our doors to Kindergarten through 2nd graders in August of 2021 in a temporary home at Riverside High School, and soon to modular buildings on the north lot of Herron High School. This will be a temporary location for up to the first two years as we prepare our permanent building.

Herron Preparatory Academy is led by the same committed individuals who founded and built Herron and 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.

Herron Preparatory Academy’s School Leaders

Dr. Tenika Holden-Flynn, Head of School

Tenika Holden-Flynn is a professional educator with more than 15 years of experience. She began her career as a high school social studies teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and has served as a school leader for elementary, middle, high schools, and adult education programs.  Dr. Holden-Flynn focused on increasing students English language arts and math proficiency rates by maximizing instructional time and providing strategic intervention.

Dr. Holden-Flynn’s efforts have led students at the elementary, middle and high school levels to increase their grade level proficiency by two years in one academic school year. She attributes her success to building strong relationships with students, staff, parents and community partners.

A former Mind Trust fellow, she is committed to closing the achievement gap and providing a high quality K-8 educational experience for all students. She looks forward to implementing the classical model at Herron Preparatory Academy and continuing the tradition of excellence that has been established by Herron and Riverside High Schools.

Dr. Holden-Flynn holds a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Integrated Social Studies from Youngstown State University, a M.S. in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ed.D in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University.

Sean Henseleit, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sean Henseleit has worked in schools throughout Indianapolis since 2006. He started his career as a first grade and third grade teacher in Lawrence Township on the city’s northeast side. He then worked as an instructional coach for grades K through 6 in buildings across the district. Through this position, Mr. Henseleit worked with teachers, administrators, and central office staff to collaborate on adjustments to instruction and instructional initiatives, to develop curriculum guides and units of study for teachers, and to implement an assessment and data system which allowed for collaboration across grade levels and schools.

Mr. Henseleit also worked in the Hamilton Southeastern School District as both an instructional coach and an elementary assistant principal.  In both of these positions, Mr. Henseleit helped lead professional development and worked in partnership with staff, families, and the community to achieve student success.

Most recently, Mr. Henseleit has served as the Director of Academic Accountability and EL Coordinator for Indianapolis Classical Schools.  Mr. Henseleit’s expertise in elementary instruction, coaching, and data analysis makes him a valuable resource at Indianapolis Classical Schools.

At Herron Preparatory Academy, Mr. Henseleit is focused on high expectations and strong collaborative relationships with teachers and students to ensure that all of our scholars achieve at high levels.  Together with the head of school, Mr. Henseleit is committed to sustaining and growing Indianapolis Classical Schools’ reputation for academic success in an urban community.

Mr. Henseleit holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Butler University, and a M.S. in Building Administration from Butler University.

Our Values
Our Core Values are foundational to the Indianapolis Classical Schools community. They define our community, are central to our mission, and guide the behavior and decisions of students, faculty, and administration.
Herron Preparatory Academy...
believes that every student is a scholar.
Herron Preparatory Academy...
engages in urban community.
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advances timeless ideas and content.
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builds a culture of respect & trust through relationships with people & ideas.
Herron Preparatory Academy...
serves as a catalyst for renewal.

Why Herron Preparatory Academy?

  • Our model has led to numerous accolades, including recognition as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our curriculum instills in students an ability and love of learning.  Our classical liberal arts model equips students with the ability to think critically about a problem and apply logic to solve it.
  • Our students reflect the rich cultural, ethnic and economic diversity of our city.  Students at our campuses learn within a real-world environment with peers and faculty who might not look like them.

We believe in the power of education to change lives. If you believe that too, we want you to join our community.

Join our team.

Our faculty are the standard of what we aspire to for our students: passionate, fully-engaged masters of their craft. It's heroic work and well worth it. We are always seeking exceptional individuals who meet this standard to join our team. Contact us if you're interested in learning more.