The mission of HERO High springs from the commitment of the partners, The City University of New York, Hostos Community College, Montefiore Medical Center and school staff to furthering social mobility for their students and the South Bronx community. To this end, we will work together to build a new kind of institution so that the transformation of adolescence may culminate in professional employment within the field of healthcare. Students will gain a rigorous liberal arts education emphasizing literacy across the curriculum, accelerated math and science, and work-based learning, and a supported entry to college and work through our Associate degree options in nursing and community health. Students will learn to meet the public health challenges of a changing world by working with others to address the needs of their own communities. We pledge to personalize academic and social support so that every student reaches his or her potential and discerns his or her calling for professional work. Graduates of HERO High will act as leaders in their chosen professions, transforming healthcare delivery systems in ways that improve the well-being of diverse communities in the Bronx and around the world.