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Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Grades: K-7
147 Saint Nicholas Avenue
Manhattan NY 10026
Phone: 212-866-4608

Our Insights

What’s Special

Children learn both English and Hebrew

The Downside

Too soon to tell how the school will develop

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)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
47%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
56%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
60%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
7%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
43%
34% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
41%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
32%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
55%
51% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
491
Asian
1%
Black
39%
Hispanic
39%
White
20%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
8%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
33%
23% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
26%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Harlem (District 3)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, B Line, C Line to 116th St
Buses: M2, M7, M10, M102, M116

Contact

Principal
Robin Natman

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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