Academics - Herron Preparatory Academy

Comprehensive Education

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 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.

Key Components of a Classical Liberal Arts Education

  • Trivium: Students begin at the grammar stage of learning, move through the logic stage, and end with the rhetoric stage, thus becoming fully prepared for success at the secondary education level.
  • Literacy instruction is rooted in classical texts that build a foundation of knowledge and understanding.
  • An emphasis is placed on critical thought and Socratic, student-centered conversations.
  • Students participate in a rich curriculum that includes language arts, math, social studies, science, technology, music, visual art, theatre, & world languages for a holistic STEAM-based education.

Guiding Principles of Literacy Instruction

  • Good teachers matter. Learners need teachers who demonstrate what it means to live richly literate lives, modeling a love of reading and writing to their students.
  • Readers need long stretches of time to read, and writers need extended opportunities to write.
  • Reading and writing need to be taught like other basic skills, with direct, explicit instruction— including spelling, conventions, and the skills and strategies of proficient reading and writing.
  • Researchers have studied examples of exemplary literacy instruction. In every case, when they found a classroom with high literacy engagement, they found balanced teaching in place.

Guiding Principles of Math Instruction

  • Students deserve math instruction that makes math relatable and enjoyable in order to build their confidence as mathematicians.
  • Students benefit from a strategic progression of math skills that build on concepts step by step, relates them to one another, builds conceptual understanding, and spirals back to develop a solid understanding of math skills.
  • Quality math instruction includes a conceptual and procedural understanding of concepts for students.