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H.E.R.O. High (Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School)

Grades: 9-12
455 Southern Boulevard
Bronx NY 10455
Phone: 718-585-8013
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Offers two years of free college in health occupations

The Downside

Attendance is below the citywide average

At Health, Education, and Research Occupations (HERO) High School students may earn up to two years' worth of college credit in addition to a high school diploma. The goal is to get graduates ready to begin careers in community health work.

The school serves a diverse group of students that range from high-achievers who have taken more than one Regents course before entering high school to children performing poorly on state exams in middle school.

Most children graduate on time but only 20 percent graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at City University of New York without extra help. Attendance is a challenge; almost half the students miss 18 or more days of school.

A unique feature of the school are the Friday trips to Montefiore Hospital, St. Mary’s Park, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and many other destinations. Students travel with their small advisory groups. At the hospital, they don glasses that blur vision to experience greater empathy for senior citizens, visit the pediatric emergency room or practice CPR.

Students relate these visits to health care problems that may be rocking their own families, such as diabetes or asthma, and to their classroom studies. Ninth-graders write a research report about a chronic disease and propose an action plan for how to reduce incidence of the disease. Tenth-graders work in groups as "consultants" for one of the school's partner organizations, conducting a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of a community program.

As early as 10th grade, students may take classes at nearby Hostos College or from a professor who joins them on the Gompers campus. To encourage teens to live out the healthy message the school promotes, they attend physical education classes three times a week.

Founding principal Kristin Cahill, a native New Yorker, who started her career as an English teacher, in Oakland, California, set out to offer South Bronx teens a promising opportunity in health professions. The average registered nurse in New York City makes about $70,000 a year but only a handful of top students take the chemistry and physics needed to pursue this dream. Students are more prepared to become certified nursing assistants, a job which doesn’t require a college education and pays about $24,000 a year. 

While most children feel safe in school, some teachers are concerned about order and discipline. On surveys, many teens report that some students do not follow directions and rules in class. The school provides Restorative Justice training for teachers, which encourages children to work through problems together to find solutions. Trust, leadership and family ties are strong, according to surveys.

Housed in the Samuel Gompers Educational Campus, HERO shares the building with Mott Haven Community and New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II. The building is architecturally beautiful but students must pass through a metal detector.

ADMISSIONS: Educational Option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and surveys, August 2018)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

HERO High (Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School)
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students may take up to six years to complete their high school program which includes earning an Associate degree (or up to two years of college credit) and participating in internships.


Language Courses



Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Softball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Jackson Ave; 6 Line to East 143rd St-St Mary's St
Buses: Bx17, Bx19, Bx33, Bx4, Bx4A


Kristin Cahill Garcia
Parent Coordinator
Natalie Bacci

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Samuel Gompers Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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