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Education Reimagined.

Heroes Academy is an innovative Pre-K through 12th Grade School in the Treasure Valley. We're reinventing education, and your family can be a part of it.

A Refreshing Approach

Supported by the latest in technology and cognitive science, we move beyond the traditional tools of lectures, homework, high-stakes tests, and grades. At Heroes Academy, our students learn in collaborative classrooms of multi-age learners. Our flexible approach challenges each student with their differentiated learning plan, coupled with real-world projects and experiences.

Above all else, each child that enters our doors begins a journey to discover their unique gifts and passions, and how they can be used to find a calling that will change the world.

Experience how Heroes Academy is transforming education in this short film about the school.

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”Our 8 year old boy who hated all things school now LOVES school and wants it to be a 24 hour school. The love of learning alone is enough to make sending him there worth it, but he is learning so much more than that. The character traits they are building will be more valuable in his life than we could possibly imagine right now.“
— Candi (From Heroes Academy Google Reviews)

We're proud to be the first Acton Academy in Idaho

Experience how Acton is transforming education in this independent, award-winning documentary.

Heroes Academy is one of 150+ Acton Academies around the world.

This proven model allows our students to develop the skills they really need: critical thinking, group collaboration, conflict resolution, decision-making, and problem-solving. These, along with “soft skills” like self-discipline, emotion regulation, self-awareness, and grit, position our children to tackle anything.

Recommended book

If you’d like to learn more about Acton Academy's story, read the book Courage to Grow. This fast, engaging read is the best account of our learner-driven studios.

”Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world. The story behind the ideas, the school, and the movement is a must read.“
— Tom Van der Ark, CEO of Getting Smart
Get the Book

At Heroes Academy, we believe that learning to do, learning to be, and learning to learn are more important than memorization alone – learning to know.

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World Class Learning
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What We Missed in Education | Jake Thompson

Learn more about what we've missed in Education and how Heroes Academy is different in this TEDx talk by our school's founder, Jake Thompson.

Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

A TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, emphasizing the importance of creativity in education.

Rethinking Education: Genius and Heroes | Jeff Sandefer

In this TED talk, Jeff Sandefer poses the question of why we no longer apprentice our own children in our trade or craft?

Our Studios

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”As a parent, I was so grateful to find Heroes Academy. I have watched our child excel academically while she blossoms in her own understanding of what character, integrity and purpose are.“
— Kimberly (From Heroes Academy Google Reviews)

What Makes Heroes Academy Different?

At Traditional Schools...

  • Everyone learns the same information at the same time
  • One teacher lectures to many students
  • Teachers assigning homework
  • Students receive letter grades to measure success
  • Teachers are the authority
  • School like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size-fits-all
  • Rows of desks face a teacher at the blackboard
  • Memorization of information for test taking

At Heroes Academy...

  • Young people do challenging work at their own pace
  • Young people teach themselves and each other
  • No assigned homework
  • Young people earn points for effort and badges for mastery
  • Young people solve their own problems and learn to govern themselves
  • School like a journey, with adventure, fellow travelers, guides and challenges
  • Young people working together and collaborating
  • Important discussions about becoming a hero and changing the world

Find out if Heroes Academy is the right fit for your family:

Hi, I'm Jake Thompson. 👋

I'm Head of School at Heroes Academy

We are now enrolling:
PreK through 12th grade.

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