Harlem Prep Elementary School

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.

  • Quick Look

  • Executive Director: Steve Cunning

  • Upper Academy Director: Alexa Miller

  • Lower Academy Director: Katherine Perez

  • Current Enrollment: 427 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.

  • Announcements

  • HPCS Board Meeting  and Executive Committee Dates
    Location: 240 East 123rd Street
    Location: 410 E 100th Street for dates denoted with ***
    Location: Starboard Value, L.P. 777 Third Avenue ***
    Time: 6:30 PM and 5:00 PM on April 8
    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 8, 2015 at 5PM***
    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.

Katie Duffy,
Chief Executive Officer

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