HEROES Academy for the Gifted

HEROES Academy is an intellectually stimulating environment where students’ personal growth is maximized by accelerated learning and critical thinking.
Our students enjoy the opportunity to study advanced topics in classrooms that move at an accelerated pace.
At HEROES, we allow students to enroll in classes based on their tested math and reading ability rather than limiting students based on their age.
We determine class placement based on demonstrated academic achievements rather than age or grade in school.
This allows students to study advanced topics with mental peers, providing them with a unique opportunity to develop lifelong friendships with other children close to their age who share similar interests.
For more information on class placement, please click here. Most classes meet for 2 hours per week.
Although some classes do meet on weekday evenings, the majority of our classes are offered on the weekends.
We offer weekend enrichment programming in two formats, 10 week enrichment classes and open enrollment classes.
10 week enrichment classes have specific start and end dates – meeting for either fall, winter or spring semester.
Open enrollment classes provide students with the flexibility to begin or end their participation in the class on a more flexible schedule.
Generally, students may join these programs at the first meeting of any month.
HEROES also offers home school programs. HEROES provides similar programming that is offered on the weekends during the weekdays.
We can also create classes to meet the needs of home schooled children.
We generally need at least 3 students willing to meet at the same time, testing at the same level, to form a class.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Grades OfferedGrades 2-12
Year Founded2007
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students60 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses1 course
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorRita Voit


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.3D Printing, Computer Programming, Electronics & Robotics, Student Council, Student Newspaper

School Notes

  • While we are continually expanding our course offerings, at this time we offer classes in the following subjects: 
  • Our science classes engage students through hands on laboratory work and inquiry based learning.  We emphasis that science is not about learning the facts that have already been confirmed but about making observations, asking questions, forming hypothesis, determining a means to test the hypothesis and analyzing the information gathered from investigations. While students at all levels may explore the same topic, the depth of understanding and the tools that they use will vary based on their ability level.  As students progress towards high school and college level courses, we introduce students to independent research skills.
  • Our engineering programs stress the engineering design process to ask, imagine, create and improve.  Students apply their tested math and reading abilities to real-world lessons and hands-on project based learning.  As students as questions like, “What if... ” and “I wonder why…” they develop their creativity and problem solving skills.  Unlike the majority of our programs, engineering programs do have age restrictions due to safety precautions.  Our youngest students learn basic principles of physics and the engineering design process through short term projects.  Students with at least a middle school math and reading ability learn about circuits, 3D printing, CAD Design and Arduino programming in robotics courses.  Students under the age of 12 are not permitted to use soldering irons, drill presses or other power tools.  Students 12 and older learn how to use these tools. 
  • Computer science curriculum is written and developed by Lars Sorenson of Rutgers University as well as a team of Rutgers Undergraduates and Graduates majoring in computer science.  Our computer science programs focus on developing problem solving skills as they relate to computer science rather than syntax.  Unlike many computer science classes which focus on memorizing the syntax, we stress the development of critical thinking, logic, reasoning and problem solving skills to guide students towards success.  Our core computer science program begins with an introduction to Python programming.  After completing this foundation course, students may enroll in higher level computer science classes to develop higher level logic.  Students who are not yet ready to take Python are introduced to computer science through MIT’s pseudo-code software, Scratch.  With Scratch, students can program their own interactive games and animations to develop creativity, reasoning and basic programming logic. 
  • Our enrollment restrictions and small class sizes allow our students to explore individual math topics in depth at an accelerated pace.  A typical classroom spans more than seven years of ability level.   Our class placement policies allow us to narrow that gap, allowing students to reach their full potential.  Each class covers a limited number of topics but gives an in depth treatment of the topic to allow students to develop full mastery.  Students who believe they already know the material for a specific course may take a challenge exam to earn credit and advance to higher level courses.  Most courses cover material that is normally spread over several years in a typical school curriculum. 
  • Placement in our language arts classes is based on a combination of tested reading ability and a writing placement.  Often, we see a discrepancy between a students’ reading and writing abilities when they are reading far beyond their years.  At the middle school level, we focus on developing students basic composition skills through a variety of writing and reading assignments.  Grammar instruction is provided with both in class lessons and individualized take home lessons.  Students’ advancement into higher level courses is based on instructor recommendation.  At the higher level, we stress close reading, analysis and advanced essay composition in preparation for what will be required at the university level.  Through class discussion, writing assignments and instructor feedback students’ writing evolves from persuasive writing to advanced expository essay composition. 
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