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What’s Special

Charter school with a focus on social justice

The Downside

New, untested high school

Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School offers a year-round academic program with a focus on social justice. Students address a yearly theme related to how social injustice affects communities in general, culminating in a big research project in their own neighborhood senior year.

Located above El Museo del Barrio, the school sits in an area of vast income disparity, making the surrounding community ripe for study. It is a short walk to Washington Carver Houses, a low-income housing project, and to wealthy mansions and museums on the Upper East Side. 

The school is still a work in progress. Founded in 2016 with 6th and 7th grades, it will add a grade each year until it reaches full capacity as a 6 to 12 school serving 600 students. School surveys show the atmosphere is unsettled; some teachers have concerns about discipline and order. Only roughly half the teachers say the principal is an effective manager.

On the positive side, students with disabilities, who make up almost one-fourth of the school population, perform at slightly above the citywide average in reading. The school offers lunchtime mixed-grade advisory groups to provide students with extra support. 

The school shares a spacious building with Boys & Girls Harbor, a longstanding nonprofit organization that runs a pre-kindergarten program, afterschool classes and a performing arts conservatory. Students enjoy a large gymnasium, swimming pool, dance room and a rooftop playground.

The school year runs from August through June. School hours are from 7:30 am to 3:30, with the exception of Friday when dismissal is at noon. 

The school is part of the small but growing Capital Prep Charter Network, based in Connecticut, founded by educator and author Dr. Steve Perry. The network boasts a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate among its mostly low-income, minority students since its founding in 2006. But it is too soon to say how Capital Prep Harlem will fare long-term.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery with priority to District 4. All applications are due by April 1. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 2019)


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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
92% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
91% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39% Citywide Average
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Contact & Location


1 East 104th Street
New York NY 10029

Trains: 6 Line to 103rd St

Buses: M1, M2, M3, M4, M101, M102, M103, M106


Principal: Laqwana Alexander


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with a pre-k program

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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