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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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.
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.
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.Learn about Learning Design
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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?
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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