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Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School provides its students with the academic and personal foundation necessary to successfully pursue advanced studies and achieve continued personal growth as ethical and informed global citizens. In order to accomplish this, Harlem Hebrew offers an academically rigorous K-5 curriculum which includes intensive instruction in the Hebrew language. Students in a diverse student body also develop a strong sense of social and civic responsibility through the integration of service learning and community service across the curriculum.
Harlem Hebrew has been granted a charter by the New York State Board of Regents to open in the fall of 2013 in Community School District (CSD) 3 in Manhattan. Harlem Hebrew is a free public charter school serving at least 168 students in grades K-1 in its first school year. Each year, the school will grow by one grade until by the fifth year of its charter it will have 450 students in grades K-5. Harlem Hebrew is modeled after Hebrew Language Academy Charter School (HLA) which opened in CSD 22 in Brooklyn in 2009. HLA is currently in its fourth year of operation serving 383 students in Grades K-4. We plan to expand to grades K-8 in the future.
Harlem Hebrew will occupy its own school building located at 153 St. Nicholas Avenue between W. 117th and W. 118th Streets
Harlem Hebrew is open to all age- and grade-eligible children. Children residing in CSD 3, which extends from West 59th Street to 122nd Street, from the Hudson River to Central Park West below 110th Street and from the Hudson River to Fifth Avenue above Central Park, will have preference for admission to the school. Applications are still being accepted.
Harlem Hebrew has at least 2 teachers in each class of 26-28 students (a general education teacher and a Hebrew language teacher) resulting in a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1 or 14:1. During Hebrew and at other times throughout the day, there will be 3 teachers in a room resulting in an even smaller student-to-teacher ratio of approximately 9:1.
Harlem Hebrew has an extended day (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and extended year (190 days of school).
Harlem Hebrew offers a nurturing and rigorous academic environment, with administrators and teachers held accountable for high student achievement. Each student at Harlem Hebrew receives two hours of instruction in English Language Arts, one hour of instruction in math and one hour of instruction exclusively in Hebrew daily, as well as 180 minutes weekly of social studies instruction and 135 minutes weekly of science instruction. In addition to the stand-alone Hebrew class, all subjects (except for English language arts and math) are conducted in English as well as in Hebrew allowing for students to be fully immersed in the study of the target language. Rounding out the curriculum, each child has regular instruction in music, physical education, art and technology each week.
Harlem Hebrew explores the culture and history of Israel and its immigrant communities to relate the Hebrew language to its natural context and to explore cultural diversity by studying those communities’ unique history of interaction with almost every world culture and people.
Harlem Hebrew features a specialized Social Studies curriculum being developed in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture focusing on Harlem’s history as a focal point of migration and immigration.
Harlem Hebrew has a student-centered approach to instruction. Our model included Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop and promotes individualized instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Harlem Hebrew’s academic program will welcome and be well prepared to serve students with special needs and students who are English Language Learners.
Harlem Hebrew will arrange yellow school bus transportation for eligible students with the Office of Pupil Transportation of the NYC DOE.
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Hebrew Language Academy Charter School is a beneficiary of Hebrew Charter School Center and is affiliated with its national network of schools.