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Harlem Renaissance High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students may earn missing credits quickly in supportive surroundings

The Downside

Not all students graduate

Harlem Renaissance High School, in partnership with the New York Mission Society, provides a small, supportive academic environment for students who haven't had success at their previous high school. 

The curriculum focuses on college- and career-readiness skills and, according to the school's Quality Review, the school does a particulary good job supporting students with special needs. The Quality Review also highlights college guidance as a strength. College counselors communicate with all parents by phone and through in-person meetings, and one parent praised this "open-door policy."

Students can take part in the Learning to Work program, which provides job training and workshops, paid internships and college prep. Partnerships with other community-based organizations provide arts programming and student health resources. Extracurricular activities include radio production and video journalism, and students can participate in gardening activities in the school's garden and greenhouse. 

The school's graduation rate is roughly the same as the citywide average for transfer schools.

Friction between teachers and former principal Nadav Zeimer was an ongoing problem at Harlem Renaissance. On school surveys, consistently low numbers of teachers said they trusted the principal or one another. In February 2017, Zeimer, who had been brought in to improve student and teacher performance, was removed from his post after facing resistance to his efforts, reported the New York Times. James Caputo has since taken over as principal.

ADMISSIONS: Prior to acceptance, students must be interviewed with a parent/guardian. Call the school to schedule an interview and for more information about what to bring. (Elizabeth Herr, online reports, June 2018)

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School Stats


Transfer school graduation rate
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
599 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location


22 East 128th Street
Manhattan NY 10035

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line to 125th St

Buses: M1, M7, M35, M60 SBS, M100, M101, M102, M103, Bx15


Principal: James Caputo

Parent Coordinator: Shameka Edgehill


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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