Hero Elementary

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Helpful friends use skills and science to solve problems.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Each story sees the young heroes use their knowledge of science and their ability to investigate to solve problems and help others. As the characters observe and theorize, viewers see basic concepts like classification, momentum, and water currents in action in the stories. Social-emotional learning also touches on unique qualities of friendship involving AJ’s autism. Some stories also involve basic safety tips like always traveling with a buddy.

Positive Messages

Kids see the characters work together to solve problems and help members of their community in the process. The heroes’ persistence, determination, and curiosity stand out in the stories, along with how they apply their knowledge of science to their tasks. Both cultural diversity and neurodiversity exist among the characters, as AJ is autistic and demonstrates some sensory sensitivity at times.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes are excellent models of industriousness, creative problem solving, and friendship, both as a group and individually. Though each one has a unique and useful superpower, it’s usually the combination of several that eventually spells success for the group. Mr. Sparks inspires more than he teaches, which encourages the kids’ sense of independence. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hero Elementary is an exceptionally crafted animated series about four young kids who are learning how to use their superpowers and their knowledge of science to solve problems and help others. In addition to prominent themes of kindness, teamwork, and creative thinking, the characters’ experiences demonstrate for kids the value of curiosity, as it inspires all of the learning and helping that they do. As the heroes apply methods like observation, investigation, and prediction, their viewers gain familiarity with the basic concepts and how they work in simple scenarios. Kids also get exposure to neurodiversity in a character who has autism and deals with sensory issues like sensitivity to loud noise, always with the compassionate help of his friends. This pleasant series has a lot to offer young audiences and is written in such a way that parents won’t mind watching alongside kids. 

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byRebeccaSpark June 3, 2020

Best Modern PBS Kids! Show Ever!

Normally PBS comes up with terrible baby shows like Splash and Bubbles, and Xavier Riddle and The Secret Museum. Hero Elementary and Nature Cat are different st... Continue reading
Adult Written byKevin S. June 8, 2020

Great show! 5 y/o son loves it and so do I.

Great show where science and super powers are used to solve problems. Has a positive message and displays great diversity amongst the characters. I don't u... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBookReader87 June 30, 2020

Awesome for Kids

This show is adorable and educational, my 7 year old sister loves it. The diversity among the characters is great, I also like their portrayal of AJ, who is hig... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 26, 2020

Annoying

There is a girl that is highly annoying.

What's the story?

In HERO ELEMENTARY, four young superheroes in the making learn to use their powers -- and their knowledge of science -- to solve problems within their community. Lucita Sky (voiced by Veronica Hortiguela), Sara Snap (Stephany Seki), Benny Bubbles (Stacey DePass), and AJ Gadgets (Jadiel Dowlin) are known collectively as Sparks' Crew, named after their enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Sparks (Carlos Diaz), who always finds exciting ways to help them train and hone their skills. No matter the trouble that befalls their neighbors, these young heroes respond quickly and cooperate eagerly to find a scientific solution that works.

Is it any good?

Applied science is the fifth hero in this all-around winner of a series that is packed with positive content for kids. Sure, superpowers are fun (especially Benny’s ability to conjure bubbles at will!), but it’s the team’s measured use of observation, making and testing theories, and always, always asking questions that usually makes the difference in their success. Along the way, kids learn about concepts like classification and momentum as they relate to what’s going on in the story and at a teaching level that’s just right for them.

Hero Elementary also stands out for its outstanding inclusiveness, both with regard to the cultural diversity that’s present among the heroes and within their community, and to its putting an autistic character in the mix making his differences the story itself. The fact that AJ is on the spectrum isn’t a major or disruptive factor to the show; rather it’s presented as just part of the characters' reality and an issue that needs some extra understanding on his friends' part now and again. For families, though, it can start a dialogue about respect and non-bias as these matters relate to kids' experiences with their own peer groups.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how curiosity inspires learning opportunities. How do the characters in Hero Elementary act on their curiosity? What kinds of topics make you want to learn more about them? 

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  • How do AJ's friends show that they respect the qualities that make him different from them? How do you feel when you are around people who accept you just as you are? Why is kindness important?

  • The heroes use their knowledge of science to solve problems for themselves and for others they know. Where in your daily life do you see science at work? How does it help to understand it? 

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