Harlem Hebrew Language Charter School
MANHATTAN NY 10026 Map
Harlem Hebrew Language Charter School
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 am to 4 pm. The school year is 185 days, longer 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.
Founding principal Robin Natman, a former public school teacher and administrator who is working towards a second administrative degree from Bank Street College of Education, was replaced in 2016 by Ben Costa, a longtime educator who was most recently the head of school at Fusion Academy, a private, alternative high school in New Jersey. He and his family now live in Harlem.
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; updated 2016)
At a glance
Number of Students 288
Average Daily Attendance NA
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?94% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?81% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?100% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
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 last school year?74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?94% 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 state math exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?