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Herron High School

Charter | 9-12 | 700 students

We are best known for classical, liberal arts, college prep curriculum

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 15, 2014

I have been going here for a year and cannot wait to leave. While the school is very academically challenging and is college preparatory, they have some classes with a "one size fits all" idea. Some classes such as Math and Latin have options, but English and Social Studies don't unless you're taking AP. The students can be welcoming and friendly, but there are cliques here which they claim to not have. The teachers say they help, but if you need it its always "Come to office hours". They need to know that students have jobs, buses to catch and personal things to do and sometimes being at school at 8 am or staying until 5 is not an option! This school is also very strict. Students must be following every rule at every minute or they will be given a demerit. 3 demerits and you've got a 2 hour detention session on Friday afternoon. As stated, STUDENTS HAVE LIVES. Also next year(2014-2015) will require students to wear $40 pants with a small Herron Logo on it. Not everyone have $40 or more to throw around. Not many students even get wrote up for uniforms! Unless you have a socialite or overly academic kid, don't choose Herron! They may seem accepting but that's just a good facade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2014

My younger sister went here and it really is such an awesome school. She would've struggled at other schools but the diverse and unique atmosphere of this school really helped. She graduated, is in the military and in college.


Posted September 10, 2013

My daughter would have been "lost" in the local high school with its huge population. In Herron, the teachers and staff know her and care about her, and she has more friends than she ever! In her second year at Herron, her self-confidence is soaring! She willingly works hard, and the extra help available for all of her courses in the form of "office hours" is wonderful. The downtown environment is actually a huge plus as well! I encourage other parents who want a safe, smaller, and caring learning situation for their children to consider Herron. We are very pleased and would not choose to go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

This is a great school where you can be different and a lot of support from teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2013

My school is five-star school: with committed faculty, visionary administration, and supportive board members, our school is poised to do great things this year and in the future.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 13, 2013

Amazing, passionate teachers who love students and sharing knowledge with them. Students learn not only from the classroom, but also from participating actively in the downtown community in which the school is located. It's a win win situation for the school, students, and the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 13, 2013

Herron is an amazing school. The students at this school are held to high standards of achievement and behavior. This is truly a school for scholars. If you are not aware, Herron received an A for this past year from the Department of Education. I would recommend Herron to any parent seeking to send their students to an environment of learning, welcomed diversity, and encouragement for excellence.


Posted August 13, 2013

I have two children who go to Herron. After choosing a private school through 8th grade, I was nervous that the quality of education and attention would not compare. I was wrong. I am constantly blown away that my children get the education provided at Herron for free. The teachers are passionate and many have been there from the start or near the beginning. I trust my kids will be more than prepared to excel in college and in life because of the experience they are gaining at Herron.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Herron High School offers and incredible education with enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. Our students receive only the best!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2013

Herron High School is one of a kind. I will never regret trusting my education with the incredible staff and faculty.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2013

Herron offers a wide range of challenging courses, focusing on Advanced Placement. Teachers and administrators are constantly focused on college prep, finding the best ways to prepare students for the university.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2013

Herron High School is the best. My daughter has been going here for 3 years, after being bullied at her local public school. She has a better attitude and more friends. I am so proud of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

My school is the most unique, inviting, and inspiring school I have ever been to. This school is so much more than an educational facility. It is stuffed full of amazing kids, nurturing teachers, and love. It is a home and a shelter that nourishes and protects. As our school continues to grow, the school's needs continue to increase, causing teachers and students to be creative with resources. While this is a great skill for students and teachers to learn, it can be stressful when trying to work off of donations and scraps. I love my students and my school and wouldn't have it any other way though. They are home.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2013

Great school to be working at as a teacher. I have found Herron to be a place of excellence. The administration works hard to continue build on its short but strong past. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2013

Herron High School is a place where students from various backgrounds can come tuition-free to receive a high quality education. Herron's passionate teachers instill values of world-class citizenry by having high expectations both academically and behaviorally.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 3, 2013

HHS is an academically challenging school that offers a wide range of programs and activities for all students. My daughter is involved in 3 seasons of sports which we feel enhances her high school experience and broadens her colleges options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Herron is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff. As a parent, I find Herron a hidden gem. My daughter is looking forward to attending High School. Large enough to have sports but small enough not to get lost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

My brother was In the first graduating class at Herron. I followed his foot steps because my mother loved that Herron knows everybody. I'm currently entering my senior year and when most people hate their high school, I wouldn't attend anywhere else. Every teacher will work with you, as long as you show that you care about the class, you'll at least pass. This school is awesome. They truly care about students education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

This school seems to have a lot of turn over in teachers and students. There are better options for schooling in the Indianapolis area. Too many students and too strict. Students are not treated with respect as they are "talked down to" by the higher ups.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

Herron is a great school! They really do prepare you for college. The class sizes are extremely smaller than a normal high school. They have an extremely wide variety of electives such as Technical Theater, Theater, Band, Drawing, etc. They also run on an A/B day schedule which is where you take classes 3 days a week rather than 5! Another benefit is that they start at 9 am Monday-Thursday. On Friday school starts at 10! The students are welcoming here and they have an amazing diversity level. This is a charter school which was recently renewed by the mayor for excellence. Looking for an Indianapolis charter high school. Look no further. Come to Herron, you will NOT regret it!


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
50%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
76%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

This school

 
 
38%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.2
This school
2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
16
This school
30
Recommended load

Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

This school

 
 
56%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 72%
Black 28% 12%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A46%
Special education 12%N/A14%
English learners 2%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Students come from over 80 different sending schools
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 4 Star School - IDOE (2012)
  • Advanced Placement Access and Success (2012)
  • Nationally ranked in top 5% of American High Schools (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Dean of College Advising
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 4:00 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Janet Mcneal
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 231-3759

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Faculty Office Hours
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Dean of College Advising
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Latin
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • International Club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
  • and more
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Red and Black
School mascot
  • Achaeans
School leaders can update this information here.

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College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
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Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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110 East 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Phone: (317) 231-0010

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