Harlem Renaissance High School

Grades: 9-12
22 East 128th Street
Manhattan NY 10035
Phone: 212-996-3795

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

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Transfer school graduation rate
52% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


East Harlem (District 5)
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


James Caputo
Parent Coordinator
Shameka Edgehill

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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