In March 2011, the SUNY Charter Schools Institute approved Democracy Prep to turn around Harlem Day Charter School, a failing elementary school in East Harlem. The immediate effects were staggering. In their first year, Harlem Prep’s scholars achieved the highest proficiency growth scores in English Language Arts (ELA) in New York State and the highest combined proficiency growth scores in ELA and Math in New York City.
To attain these dramatic results, Harlem Prep’s DREAM team worked tirelessly to deliver Democracy Prep’s rigorous and structured model to the same students in the same building, turning the school into a high-performing elementary school where students are prepared for success in both college and citizenship. Although much ground remains to be covered, the turnaround has unequivocally proven that it was not the kids, but rather the adults in the building, that led to persistently low academic achievement.
Executive Director: Steve Cunning
Upper Academy Director: Alexa Miller
Lower Academy Director: Katherine Perez
Current Enrollment: 364 students
Grades served: K-5
Core Curriculum: Over 2 hours of literacy, 1 hour of math, and 1 hour of social studies and science each day
Extracurricular offered: Fencing, Performing Arts, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Step.
HPCS Board Meeting Dates
Location: 240 East 123rd Street
Time: 6:30 PM
All proposed meetings to be held on Tuesdays.
August 5, 2014
September 2, 2014
October 7, 2014
November 18, 2014
December 16, 2014
January 6, 2015
February 3, 2015
March 3, 2015
April 14, 2015
May 12, 2015
June 9, 2015
Rather than being
an up and out model
where scholars succeed
by going to college
but then leave their communities
and their neighborhoods,
we want success to resonate with
our scholars returning
to their communities
and making their world
a better place.
Chief Executive Officer