Herron High School 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.
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:
A. Teachers’ respect for and engagement with students in the learning process
B. Teachers’ belief in students and what they are capable of achieving
C. Faculty and staff devotion to helping student growth
D. Shared belief that students are capable of reflective dialogue, critical reasoning, and engaging in meaningful interactions that promote a life-time of learning
A. Promoting the interweaving of family, school, and city and broadening of worldview
B. The school community identifying its role at Herron High School in the larger urban context
C. Fostering meaningful connection to local and cultural resources
D. Valuing of diversity
A. Unchanging, timeless, essential issues and ideas that move through all subjects, that transcend cultures and geography, that inform humankind and, in fact, make us human
B. Embracing a classical curriculum which fosters a love of learning and understanding and the belief that members of the Herron community are accessing and contributing to a rich heritage of ideas
C. Belief that accountability to state, national, and global standards is helpful in validating the value of the classical approach
A. A community of learners in which trust comes first
B. An understanding and respect for authority
C. Teachers sharing with students their love for their subjects and ideas
D. Students viewed as meaningful contributors, not products to be processed
E. A high value placed on collaboration F. Investment in professional development
A. Students, as beneficiaries of high expectations, a classical, liberal-arts curriculum, and caring relationships, mature into informed citizens who are prepared to contribute and succeed
B. Creation of a new archetype of successful, urban secondary education
C. Contributing to the vibrancy and livability of urban neighborhoods