Herron High School

  • Sep 15, 2010
  • Education Reform, A Citizen's Guide to Indiana's Education Reform

In 2003, a group of neighbors living in the Herron-Morton area of downtown Indianapolis began dreaming about transforming their neighborhood by starting a charter school that would provide a classical liberal arts college preparatory education for local high school students, many of whom were low-income. To make this possible, they needed a nationally-recognized, highly-credentialed principal with proven experience leading excellent schools.

The charter school’s founders identified an ideal leader in Sagamore Senior Fellow Rex Bolinger. Formerly Indiana Principal of the Year and later a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Bolinger had combined these pursuits “back home in Indiana” as a Sagamore fellow working to improve the state’s educational landscape. Now as founding principal of Herron High School, Dr. Bolinger assembled a high-quality team of educators and administrators, attracted students from all over the state and helped establish the foundation for the first class of students to enroll in 2006.

Since then, the school has become one of the state’s highest performing charter schools.

Consider the following academic highlights:

During its first year of existence, students gained three years of growth
in language usage and three and a half years of growth in reading.

In its second year, Herron’s students had the highest English scores in
Marion County on the ISTEP +.

Herron High School has the highest ISTEP improvement score of
any public high school in the entire state of Indiana.

Herron’s excellent reputation grows the student body to 455.

Forty percent of the students at Herron are in advanced placement
classes, beating the state standard of 25 percent.

Herron teacher Greg Lineweaver receives a prestigious Milken
National Educator Award. He is one of only 57 teachers selected
nationwide and is the first Indiana charter school teacher to win this

Newsweek ranked Herron High School as #26 in the nation. Only 6 percent of the nation’s public schools made the list.

Related Articles:

"The arts are crucial to critical thinking," Jay F. Hein, The Indianapolis Star, Sept. 4, 2005

Herron Report: A Stronger Start for Stronger Students


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