For Schools

Second grade Science + Computer Science student at Columbus School for Girls engineers 3D shapes using paper in preparation for coding digital habitats in Scratch.

Empower your students to

Scalable curriculum, ongoing professional development, and one-stop shopping for materials and supplies

HER Academy’s K-8 curriculum centers the needs and interests of students who are often marginalized in computer science (CS) – girls from all backgrounds, children from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, children from rural or economically impoverished communities, and children with neuro-diverse learning styles. When we focus on students on the margins, those in the center thrive as well.

Alongside physical computing, algorithmic thinking, and programming, we prioritize students’ social and emotional learning. Emphasizing user experience, accessibility, and human-centered design, we teach teamwork, empathy, communication, civic-mindedness, and critical thinking through computer science.

Empower your students to

Scalable curriculum, ongoing professional development, and one-stop shopping for materials and supplies

HER Academy’s K-8 curriculum centers the needs and interests of students who are often marginalized in computer science (CS) – girls from all backgrounds, children from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, children from rural or economically impoverished communities, and children with neuro-diverse learning styles. When we focus on students on the margins, those in the center thrive as well.

Alongside physical computing, algorithmic thinking, and programming, we prioritize students’ social and emotional learning. Emphasizing user experience, accessibility, and human-centered design, we teach teamwork, empathy, communication, civic-mindedness, and critical thinking through computer science.

"According to a 2018 report from Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX), girls' interest in STEM careers increases 16% during between 5th and 9th grades, but their confidence in their abilities in math and science declines 15% over the same period. That's almost the same amount! We need to empower girls, particularly girls of color, with confidence in their computer science abilities at a young age, so that as they get older, they continue to have faith in themselves as computer scientists. High school is too late. K-8 are the pivotal years."

-Dr. Lena Furci, founder and executive director of HER Academy

Bring HER Academy to your school

Mid adult African American man is teaching a young Hispanic girl in a public school library. Student and teacher are using robotics kits. Diverse students are working on a project in background.

Our middle school curriculum consists of three courses — Intro to Web Design (6th grade), Intro to Web Development (7th Grade), and Intro to Web App Development (8th grade). 

HER Academy’s elementary school curriculum is currently available for custom implementation only. We expect to make the general license available in spring 2022.

Curriculum

Each course includes

  • 12 core lessons that ensure students meet the learning outcomes.
  • 30 lesson plans to ensure flexibility in the pace of the class.
  • 45-minute lesson units to allow teachers to adapt the curriculum to any school schedule.

Professional development

Our comprehensive three-part training empowers any teacher to become a computer scientist and to teach and adapt our entire middle school curriculum to their students’ needs.

Our teachers also receive ongoing support from peers and HER Academy coaches throughout the school year.

Materials and costs

  • Curriculum license: $30/student
  • Professional development: 7 tiers available, ranging from online-only, self-paced training to a combination of virtual and “live” trainings with ongoing support and training. Cost varies by implementation.
  • Materials may be ordered through HER Academy or purchased separately. Cost varies by implementation.

Interested in a custom program?

In addition to our curriculum designed for general implementation, HER Academy offers customizable options for schools with unique needs. Whether you want to develop and implement an elite program, integrate computer science across your curriculum, or specialize in serving a specific neuro-diverse learning style, we're here to partner with you.