Harlem Renaissance High School

Phone: (212) 996-3795
Website: Click here
Admissions: Upper Manhattan and Bronx preference
Principal: Nadav Zeimer
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 5
Grade range: 10 thru 12
Parent coordinator: IRIS FIELDS

What's special:

Students may earn missing credits quickly in supportive surroundings

The downside:

Too few students show up to class

The InsideStats



Our review

With support from the New York Mission Society, Harlem Renaissance High School provides a small, supportive academic environment for students who haven't had success at their previous high school. Advisory and counseling programs provide students with emotional support and clear goals for graduation and beyond. Rules, however, are strictly enforced. There is a dress code, and the administration has zero tolerance for electronic devices and phones on campus.

Located on a pleasant street in a steadily improving Harlem neighborhood, the school shares a building with a district 79 GED program. Principal Nadav Zeimer, a former computer engineer and robotics coach, joined the school in 2010. 

Parents and guardians may participate in monthly events and are kept informed of student progress with weekly reports. Students can take advantage of paid internships through the Learning to Work program as well as a range of clubs and programs including professional music and video editing, art studio, Women's Leaders Club and peer mediation and conflict resolution. There is a LYFE center on campus that provides childcare for the children of students. 

Special education: The school offers SETSS, speech services, counseling and self-contained classes, according to the Department of Education's Special Education Service Delivery Report.

Admissions: Prior to acceptance, students must be interviewed with a parent/guardian and attend an orientation where a diagnostic reading and math test will be given. To schedule an interview and for more information about what to bring, please visit http://www.myhrhs.org/admissions. (Aimee Sabo, online reports, November 2013)

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