Mission, Vision, & Core Values - Herron Preparatory Academy

Herron Preparatory Academy 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.

Our Vision

Herron Preparatory Academy is 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 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 ICS 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.

Core Values

INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICAL SCHOOLS:

BELIEVES THAT EVERY STUDENT IS A SCHOLAR

Demonstrated by:

A. Teachers’ respect for and engagement with students in the learning process
B. Teachers’ belief in students and what they are capable of achieving
C. Faculty and staff devotion to helping student growth
D. Shared belief that students are capable of reflective dialogue, critical reasoning, and engaging in meaningful interactions that promote a lifetime of learning

ENGAGES IN AN URBAN COMMUNITY

Demonstrated by:

A. Promoting the interweaving of family, school, and city and broadening of worldview
B. The ICS community identifying its role in the larger urban context
C. Fostering meaningful connection to local and cultural resources
D. Valuing of diversity

ADVANCES TIMELESS IDEAS AND CONTENT

Demonstrated by:

A. Unchanging, timeless, essential issues and ideas that move through all subjects, that transcend cultures and geography, that inform humankind and, in fact, make us human
B. Embracing a classical curriculum which fosters a love of learning and understanding and the belief that members of the ICS community are accessing and contributing to a rich heritage of ideas
C. Belief that accountability to state, national, and global standards is helpful in validating the value of the classical approach

BUILDS A CULTURE OF RESPECT AND TRUST THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE AND IDEAS

Demonstrated by:

A. A community of learners in which trust comes first
B. An understanding and respect for authority
C. Teachers sharing with students their love for their subjects and ideas
D. Students viewed as meaningful contributors, not products to be processed
E. A high value placed on collaboration
F. Investment in professional development

SERVES AS A CATALYST FOR RENEWAL

Demonstrated by:

A. Students, as beneficiaries of high expectations, a classical, liberal-arts curriculum, and caring relationships, mature into informed citizens who are prepared to contribute and succeed
B. Creation of a new archetype of successful, urban secondary education
C. Contributing to the vibrancy and livability of urban neighborhoods