Harlem Village Academy Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Challenging International Baccalaureate program

The Downside

Few seats available; teachers and students grumble about discipline and bullying

Harlem Village Academy Charter High School (HVA) is a progressive charter school that is committed to serving the Harlem community.

HVA uses restorative justice, which encourages students to work through problems together to find productive solutions that help the school community. Deborah Kenny, the founder of Harlem Village Academies, describing the school’s mission, says: “We want to raise children to be leaders, not followers; to be independent, not obedient.” Although the school emphasizes conflict resolution, teachers and students report lack of discipline and bullying at rates higher than the citywide average, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey.

Students have the opportunity to take advanced classes through the International Baccalaureate Program, which provides a challenging curriculum that emphasizes discussion and research.

Most students feel the school offers enough extracurricular activities to keep them busy and engaged, according to the school survey. An example is Project Performing Arts, a dance organization, which has formed an after-school program for HVA where students can learn various dance styles, including West African dancing/drumming, hip-hop and ballet.

Throughout their time at HVA, starting in 9th grade, students will visit at least eight college campuses. The school hosts mock admissions fairs and visits from college representatives for students to fine-tune their applications and learn more about what kind of college is best for them. All 11th-graders take an SAT or ACT prep course, and 12th-graders participate in Senior College Prep, which is designed to help them navigate the admissions and financial aid process. Graduates attend a range of colleges, including some highly competitive ones such as Stanford, Yale, NYU and Carnegie Mellon.

Once students are in college, HVA continues to check in on them and their families every quarter. The school has events for alumni on topics like financial aid renewal and hosts career/internship fairs.

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. Priority goes to continuing HVA middle schoolers, and there are few seats available for new students. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, July 2018)


School Stats


How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey



From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


35 West 124th Street
Manhattan NY 10027

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: Kevin Tallat-Kelpsa


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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