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Herron-Riverside High School is #2 Indianapolis!

HRHS has been ranked as the number TWO charter high school in Indianapolis in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report! 

This ranking is based on college readiness data, college-level Advanced Placement and Dual Credit course availability, SAT data, underserved student performance, and graduation rate. 

Our college preparatory curriculum is one of the BEST in Indianapolis, and we have seats OPEN NOW for the 2024-25 school year! Click below to explore our website and learn more about why your scholar should be a Herron-Riverside Argonaut. 

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Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year is NOW OPEN!  We are enrolling students on a first-come, first-serve basis through the spring and summer.  

At HRHS, our close-knit student body and our college preparatory, liberal arts and sciences curriculum set us apart from other schools. Your student deserves a school where they are KNOWN.

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Click the button below to schedule a tour and learn all about what life is like as a Herron-Riverside High School Argonaut. See our classical, college preparatory, liberal arts and sciences curriculum in action, meet our enrollment team and school leadership, and get all your questions answered! 

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What our SAT Scores Have to Say


Together, HCS scholars performed at the top of Marion County public schools on the SAT. Herron and Herron-Riverside High Schools nearly DOUBLED the percentage of students who met SAT proficiency benchmarks from 2022 to 2023!

Read more about our scholars’ accomplishment on our blog.

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College Preparatory

Herron Classical High Schools offer small classroom environments that allow for more teacher-student, one-on-one, individualized attention. Our schools have a culture that, above all, supports rigorous academics and preparation for college.

The culture does this through small classes, continual dialogue between teacher and students, regular and planned remediation, teacher advisors, and tutoring. Through consistency, self-discipline, and intellectual curiosity, Herron Classical Schools students become informed citizens capable of transforming our world.

Herron Classical Schools Core Values

Diverse. Tuition-Free. College Prep.

Herron Classical Schools 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.

We are 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 are structured around an art history timeline which emphasizes the classic art and literature of many cultures.

Every Student is a Scholar

Engaging in Urban Community

Advancing Timeless Ideas and Content

Building a Community of Respect and Trust

Relationships with People and Ideas

Serving as a Catalyst for Renewal

News & Events

Latest News

Gary Wetzel named ICSS Teacher of the Year

Sending a BIG congratulations to our own Gary Wetzel for being recognized as the ICSS (Indiana Council for the Social Studies) Distinguished Teacher for 2021! This is a HUGE honor and we are so proud of Mr. Wetzel and thankful for the amazing work he does day in and day out for our scholars! He truly embodies our core values in everything he does.

Education in the Time of Coronavirus

Times are changing rapidly. By the time we refresh our browsers, there will no doubt be updates and new mandates regarding COVID-19. At Herron and Riverside High Schools, we understand that these rapid changes, and the sudden school closures, have brought on some fear and anxiety. This is one reason we acted quickly and organized e-learning for our students. We know that our students will benefit from structure and continued learning throughout this uncertain time.

Why Latin?

The four-year Latin sequence at Herron High School serves as an intensive course in logic and logical processes, thereby creating a graduate who is much stronger in critical thinking and the ability for tackling more complex questions posed in a college classroom.

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