Harlem Hebrew Language Academy

147 SAINT NICHOLAS AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10026 Map
Phone: (212) 866-4608
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery, preference District 3
Principal: Robin Natman
Neighborhood: Harlem
District:3
Grade range: K-2
Unzoned
Dual Language
New School
Charter School

What's special:

Children learn both English and Hebrew

The downside:

Too soon to tell how the school will develop

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy opened in August 2013 and with a dual language program that teaches students to speak both Hebrew and English. Modeled after Brooklyn’s Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Midwood, Harlem Hebrew opened with a kindergarten and first grade and will expand to serve grades K-5.

Like its counterpart in Brooklyn, Harlem Hebrew is a publicly financed secular organization and is not affiliated with Judaism. According to the school website, students learn about the culture and history of Israel and its immigrant communities. Additionally, the school features a specialized social studies curriculum developed in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture focusing on Harlem's history as a center of migration and immigration.

The school day is long, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The school year is 190 days, 10 days more than the typical public school. According to the school website, Harlem Hebrew students receive two hours of ELA, one hour of math, and one hour of Hebrew instruction daily in addition to 180 minutes weekly of social studies and 135 minutes weekly of science instruction. All classes are taught in English and Hebrew and have two teachers--one of whom speaks Hebrew.

The school is headed by Principal Robin Natman, a former public school teacher and administrator who is working towards a second administrative degree from Bank Street College of Education.

The school building used to be the school of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and, more recently, the Harlem Children’s Zone's after school program.

Admissions: Lottery with preference for students in District 3 and to siblings of other students. Apply on the schools website. As of August, there were still seats for the 2013-2014 school year. (Pauline Zaldonis, web research, August 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 135

Average Daily Attendance NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
42%

Hispanic

  
24%

White

  
30%

Free Lunch

  
45%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
3%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

NA 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

NA 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

NA 72% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the 2012-2013 school year?

NA 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

NA 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

NA 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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