Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School

Board of Directors Public Meeting

Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School will hold a public Board meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM.  The public is invited to attend via Zoom.  Anyone wishing to attend the Board meeting should send an email request to board@histcs.org to join the meeting.


Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

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HASA is Virtual

Visit the HASA website to register your child.

Return to In-Person Instruction


A message from our CEO (10/26/20)

Based on the most recent information that we received at today’s meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) regarding COVID-19, we have decided to continue with the implementation of our virtual learning model for the second marking period. This decision was made to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our students, school staff, and our community.

We will facilitate our Report Card conferences for the first marking period on Zoom on November 19-20, 2020, and all other events and activities that are included on our academic calendar will remain virtual throughout the second marking period. During the winter break, we will re-evaluate the COVID-19 conditions with guidance from the DOH, PDPH, and PDE and determine if we can move to our hybrid schedule when we begin our third marking period on February 1, 2021.


Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values


Harambee Institute exists to offer our community an education with a focus on the origins, current status, and future of the African world.

Our mission is to educate students to succeed as global citizens with a clear awareness of “who I am, where I am from, where I am going, and how I get there.”

Our vision is a collective and informed African American community utilizing science and technology as a means of promoting education for self-reliance, locally and globally.

Our core values are:

  1. Greatness: Pursuit of excellence in all we do
  2. Accountability: Owning what we do and who we are
  3. Innovation: Open to new ideas with a growth mindset
  4. Integrity: Honesty, transparency, and unity in all we do
School Uniforms

School Uniforms

REMINDER: All students are required to be attired for school, virtual or not, each day in the "official" gray golf shirt embossed with the Harambee logo from Cramers.

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2020-2021 Parent Orientation

2020-2021 Parent Orientation

  Harambee’s Parents and Guardians are invited to attend our parent orientation to discuss the revised plan for school opening and to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. NEW Parent Orientation: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 6:00 pm Parent Orientation (for...

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Student Learning Packets Available

Student Learning Packets Available

To our Harambee parents and families: Please scroll down on the homepage and click on "Educational Packets" to access work that students may complete while at home. This information is also available on Class Dojo. For questions or concerns, please reach out to your...

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Founded in 1973, HISTCS is Pennsylvania’s first African-centered charter school

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