Skip To Main Content

Student Support

Meeting the unique needs of every student.

Herron-Riverside High School has high expectations for our students and multiple structures in place to help them meet those expectations.

Whether helping students monitor their academic progress in Advisory or giving parents easy access to PowerSchool data, students, teachers and parents have resources to identify when extra support is needed.

Academic Advising

All Herron High School students are assigned an academic advisor. The advisor will assist students in developing a four-year academic plan and choosing appropriate courses as well as advising them on daily academic issues that arise.

Learn More about Academic Advising

Learn More about Powerschool

Counseling Services

All Herron-Riverside High School students are assigned a school counselor. Herron High School’s school counselors provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports students personal/social needs, college/career plans, and academic growth and prepares them for a future life of leadership and service.

All Herron-Riverside High School students are assigned a school counselor. Herron-Riverside High School’s school counselors provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports students personal/social, college/career, and academic growth and prepares them for a future life of leadership and service.

Counselor 9th-11th Grades with Last Names K-Z:  Karen Matthews
Counselor 9th-11th Grades with Last Names A-J: Michelle Butler
Director of Counseling: Shelby Briggs

Contact your student’s assigned counselor or Director of Counseling, Shelby Briggs, if you have  questions about our counseling program.

Student Resource Services

At HRHS, our Special Education Team’s mission is to provide support services for scholars who have been identified as having one or more of the disabilities referenced in state and federal law per their Individual Education Programs. We are committed to providing scholars with tools and strategies that will equip them for success in high school and beyond.

Learn More

Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center (SEMHC) School-Based Services

SEMHC is a collaborative effort to meet the unique needs of Indianapolis and surrounding area youth. It is a voluntary service offering families warmth and understanding. Services are provided by professional staff, experienced in assisting children and adolescents within the school setting and via telehealth. Our goals are client and family-centered. Evidenced based treatment is used to help students overcome challenging issues in a supportive environment. The teams collaborate with clients, families, and school staff to develop more appropriate coping, social, and interpersonal skills. This empowers clients and families to take an active role in improving their quality of life. The long term aim is for the family to successfully achieve their goals and graduate from services.

Our teams provide multiple services which include but are not limited to:

• Assessment and Diagnosis of mental health needs
• Therapy (including family, individual, group)
• Activities of daily living for child and parent (teaching skills in and out of the class room and home)
• Linkage to resources to meet basic needs i.e. food and clothing
• Consultations with a psychiatrist and clinical nurse specialist and ongoing medication management if needed.
• Nursing assessment and support if needed

Our Clinician: Erica Starks, LCSW


Our advising and counseling team sponsors clubs that offer students a safe, shared space to learn more about themselves and others, engage with their peers, and foster personal growth and development. 

Girls Empowerment Group - To engage positive and personal growth, self-esteem, and character development among young ladies. To inspire and affect change within them, peers, school and have a great impact within the community.

Peer C.E.L.L. - Peer C.E.L.L is a group sponsored by Butler University to train students to become skilled and knowledgeable advocates in mental health awareness that work toward preventing suicide and reducing mental health stigma across the school community. Students are selected at the beginning of each school year through the School Counseling office.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance - To promote fairness and equity for the students of our school and our community. GSA offers students the chance to encourage tolerance, both within LGBT community and beyond.