Harlem Hebrew Language Charter School

Grades K-4

Location

147 Saint Nicholas Avenue
Manhattan NY 10026
Harlem (District 3)

Contact

Phone
212-866-4608
Principal
Robin Natman

What’s Special

Children learn both English and Hebrew

The Downside

Too soon to tell how the school will develop

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 Brooklyns 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 Childrens 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)

About the students

Enrollment
321
Asian
0.9%
Black
30.2%
Hispanic
29.3%
White
36.1%
Other
3.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
49%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
87%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
86%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
87%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
79%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
61%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
29%
39% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
79%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
76%
89% Citywide Average
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