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

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students may graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's college degree

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

Health, Education, and Research Occupations (HERO) High School is a six-year CTE (career and technical education) school serving grades 9 to 14. It is designed to get graduates ready for careers in community health work while they pursue both a high school diploma and an associates degree by taking free classes at Hostos Community College.

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.

As early as 10th grade, students may take classes at nearby Hostos College, though the early college component starts in earnest in grade 13 (5th year at the school) when students are immersed in college courses. Though they spend their days at Hostos College, tudents in their 5th and 6th year at the school continue to get support from HERO staff including counseling and tutoring.  

To help students gain the confidence and skills to tackle college level work, teachers in some math and science classes use a “flipped classroom” model for instruction. Students are introduced to a new skill or topic by watch a lesson on video for homework and then practice what they learn in class the next day. Students who don’t have access to computersor the internet at home can watch the lessons on school computers.

Some high school subjects are specifically designed to complement classes taken at Hostos. For an example, students take a high school-level class in anatomy and physiology the year prior to taking a college-level version of the course.

A unique feature of the school are 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.

In addition to sports, after-school activities include over 20 clubs such as theater, visual arts, engineering and herstory (feminist perspective of history).

Attendance is a challenge for the school; almost half the students miss 18 or more days of school.

While most children feel safe at school, some teachers are concerned about order and discipline according to the NYC School Survey. The school provides restorative justice training for teachers, which encourages children to work through problems together. Trust, leadership and family ties are strong, according to the school survey.

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.

ADMISSIONS: Educational Option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Laura Zingmond, interview and DOE data, November 2019)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


455 Southern Boulevard
Bronx NY 10455

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Jackson Ave; 6 Line to East 143rd St-St Mary's St

Buses: Bx17, Bx19, Bx33, Bx4, Bx4A


Principal: Kristin Cahill Garcia

Parent Coordinator: Natasha Matos


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Samuel Gompers Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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