Mission

“Our students learn and apply the skills of creativity, critical-thinking, communication, and collaboration. Science and technology connect the curriculum we teach. Our mission is to produce students who excel academically, demonstrate high moral character, and possess a strong sense of personal and cultural identity. Our principles – unity, self-determination, collective work, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith – guide our nurturing school culture. Along with our parents and community, we prime students to imagine, investigate and invent through a hands-on and minds-on approach.”

Academic Highlights

English/Language Arts
Harambee has a curriculum that focuses on expanding student knowledge through the love of reading. To instill a strong foundation of reading, our K-2 students receive 120 minutes of reading time per day.

Math
Harambee has a math curriculum that focuses on developing greater focus and coherence of understanding standard mathematical practices. It involves opportunities for students to have real life opportunities to apply mathematical concepts and skills.

Science
Harambee has a science curriculum that focuses on hands on experiences to tie in what students are learning in theory and apply it in real life applications. Our curriculum includes lessons on Life, Earth and Physical Sciences.

Physical Education/Health
Harambee has an active Wellness Committee, led by our school nurse, that engages parents, students, and staff in physical fitness, nutrition, and health education activities. Our school schedule includes physical education for each student weekly. Our staff and students participate in fundraising and walks to support sickle cell, breast cancer, and juvenile diabetes awareness.

Course Offerings

Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies (Cultural Awareness), Computer Science Technology.

Extracurricular Activities

HASA After-School (includes robotics, education with legos), Film Production, Music, Basketball, Cheerleading, and more.

Reports

  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2018 | 2017 | 2016
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2018: Pending | 2017: Unresolved | 2016: Unresolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
    2016-2017
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014

Timeline

  • 1997

    Charter opened

  • 2001

    Charter renewed

  • 2006

    Charter renewed

  • 2011

    Charter renewed

  • 2016

    Charter renewed

  • 2021

    Next renewal review