Herron High School

We did the paperwork to get Athena transferred to Herron High School and she was accepted.  So far, so good.  Tonight she had her placement tests to see which classes she should take.  Next Wednesday morning is when we go in to actually schedule her classes.  We’ll know then how she did no the placement tests when we see what classes they offer/recommend for her.

Herron is a public charter school that bills itself as a Classical Liberal Arts school.  It’s rated #1 in Indianapolis, #2 in the State.

As they say on their “About” page:

Our Vision

Herron High School 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.

Herron High School’s curriculum is structured around an art history timeline which emphasizes the classic art and literature of many cultures. Presented through the lens of science, mathematics, and humanities, this unique approach to the organization of knowledge provides a means to integrate subjects, and leads students on a journey through the earliest human history right up to modern examples of human creativity.

Herron High School’s classical methodology relies on Socratic dialogue and the classical model of education called the Trivium as its academic corner stone. The three phases of the Trivium include:

  • Grammar – In this phase students acquire fundamental knowledge in all disciplines.

  • Logic– As students become world-class citizens, they learn how to reason and debate. Students apply their knowledge as they discern and evaluate, compare and contrast, and discover cause and effect relationships in any given subject.

  • Rhetoric – As students progress through the Trivium, they learn to apply the rules of logic to the information they have acquired. Students learn to think rationally and articulate ideas effectively.

Part of the reason for the move is, well, it’s #1 in the city, #2 in the State.  But there are other, personal reasons as well.

The buildings Herron are located in used to house the Herron School of Art and Design (part of Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis–IUPUI).  Although it’s not affiliated with the art school, it still has a very strong arts program which should be good for Athena given her artistic talents (see the collection of some of her work I posted last year).

We’re looking forward to a good start at her new school.


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  1. I do like seeing Logic and Rhetoric properly addressed as well – most /colleges/ don’t address logic anymore, and would look at you like a dog listening to a highly-pitched whistle if you were to ask about a course in Rhetoric.

    When I went “back to school” a few years ago, the failings of the public school system were quite obvious, and writ large. You /know/ there’s a problem when your rough draught papers show better grammar and more polish than other students’ final revisions! I got picked for peer review a great deal, since it seemed to make a difference of 1..5-2 WHOLE LETTER GRADES to these kids…

    And this was my first “official” course in English Writing I’d taken in 30 years!


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