Building HEROES: School for the Gifted

In 2007, we founded HEROESgifted.  In 2012, we opened HEROES Academy, an educational facility for gifted and talented students.  After twelve years, we’re finally purchasing property in  Monroe Twp, NJ, a facility where we will ultimately be able to offer a full-day school and testing services for gifted and talented students in addition to our current weekend classes.  Follow us on our journey as we build HEROES, a NJ School for the Gifted.

All classes, admissions tests, and open houses will continue to be held in our New Brunswick location until the conclusion of this Academic Year.  Classes for the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year will meet in our new location in Monroe Twp, NJ.

Building HEROES in a Socially Isolated World – Part II

It’s been four weeks since I closed on the property.  It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a month.  I’ve been socially isolating for about two weeks.  This isn’t how I imagined building my dream, but nonetheless, I keep moving forward.   My week is interrupted with a raging tooth ache.  I spend most of Saturday calling dentists to no avail.  They’re all closed.  I know that my tooth won’t wait for COVID-19 to slow down; I need to do something.  I try a virtual doctor.  I try Teledoc, but I need to call them because it won’t let

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Building HEROES in a Socially Isolated World

I dash from the car to the back porch, picking up my signed and sealed plans waiting patiently in a sealed plastic bag.  No-contact delivery of my architectural plans.  Ordinarily, I’d stick around, say hi, and see how everyone is doing.  My architect is still working, but he’s asked all his employees to work from home.  I need signed and sealed plans to apply for my building permits. I left the house, but I’m still isolated.  I go from my house to the car, the back porch of his office, and back again.  I do all of this without seeing

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Building HEROES: Construction, Dead Deer, and Coronavirus

What a week!  It’s been exactly two weeks since I closed on 3059 Englishtown Road, the new location for HEROES Academy.   So much has happened during that time.  On Monday, Victory Junk Removal came to remove all the “junk” from the property.  They made three trips with a large moving van to remove all the debris from the property.  Three men worked all day, and one returned the following day.  They were FABULOUS.  It was a rough job, but they worked through the day with a smile.  They were friendly, personable, and (most importantly) thorough.  They cleared EVERYTHING.  There were

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Building HEROES: Week 1

We closed exactly 7 days ago.   We’ve made a lot of progress since then.   Landscaping:  I was quoted $3,500 to clear the brush from the property.  I’d rather spend that money on library books.  That’s a lot of books.  Ms. Voit very graciously agreed to help me tackle this project.  I bought my very first lawnmower and some gardening shears, and we got to work.  It took about 2.5 hours to clear the front of the property, and it’s already looking so much better. We had some help removing the fence and trimming the trees.  He even let me drive

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Building HEROES: Closing Day

I jingle the keys in my hand.  My keys.  My school.  It’s finally happening.  I sign the papers, and it’s mine.  HEROES has a new home.  I have a new home — not to live in per se, but HEROES is– and always will be — my home. It’s been a long journey to get here.  I signed a contract in September, but one obstacle after another has fallen in my path.  My attorney says he’s never seen something quite like this.  It was a mess.  I was ready to close before Thanksgiving, but the seller’s weren’t.  I was starting

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Building HEROES: School for the Gifted

When my little brother was eleven years old, he started college at Rutgers University.  He was — and continues to be — my inspiration for HEROES.  We started HEROES to find other kids like him — other gifted kids in need of social, emotional, and academic support — and to provide gifted children with an option to study advanced topics with children of similar ages in an environment designed to nurture their gifts and preserve their childhood. I find that many people believe that gifted children will be “just fine” as if ability automatically results in happiness and success.  It

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COVID-19 Update

School Closure:

As I’m sure you’re all aware, many schools, children’s programs, and business have been announcing closures in the wake of COVID-19.  We’ve been closely monitoring the situation by tracking announcements made by the World Health Organization, the NJDOE, the NJDOH, Governor Murphy, local schools, and local businesses.  After much deliberation, we’ve concluded that we have no choice but to move to online schooling until further notice.

Open House Cancelled

Our Open House scheduled for March 16th is cancelled.  We are working on putting together a Virtual Open House for next week.  An e-mail will be sent out with updates.

Admissions and Placement Testing

With children stuck at home, recommendations to socially isolate, and some local jurisdictions ordering residents to shelter in place, it can seem as if life is on hold.  School has moved online.  Children’s activities are closed.  Even classes at HEROES have moved online. As such, we’re also moving testing online.

 

HEROES Academy is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.  In order to protect the health of students, parents, and faculty, we’ll be administering all placement tests and academic evaluations virtually….Read More