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Sky High School has a two-track curriculum. The upper track is for those students designated as “heroes,” while the lower track is for those students designated as “sidekicks.” The tracks are officially known as the Hero Track and the Hero Support Track, but the students themselves sometimes refer to the latter as the Loser Track.

Power Placement is done during the freshman students’ first day, and is handled by a member of the faculty. (During the events of the movie, Power Placement was handled by Coach Boomer.) Each student must get up on a stage and demonstrate his or her power or powers, and based on that the faculty member will designate the student as either a hero or a sidekick.

There is no process for appeal of the faculty member’s decision, the decision being considered final. In rare cases where a student develops new powers during his or her school career, a track adjustment may be made.

Quotes

Principal Powers: In a few minutes, you will go through Power Placement, and your own heroic journey will begin.
Will: Power Placement?
Layla: It sounds fascist.
Ethan: Power Placement, it’s how they decide where you go.
Magenta: The Hero Track or the Loser Track.
Will: There’s a Loser Track?
Ethan: I believe that the preferred term is “Hero Support.”