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Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School:
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:

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

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A message from the CEO

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A message from the CEO


As we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Welcome!” to new and returning students and families of Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School. I thank you for your continued partnership and support to our school.  Our vision is to ensure that every student receives a world-class education that is rigorous and engaging.  I believe that strong community-school relationships are essential to high academic achievement.

Our administration and staff have worked diligently during the summer to provide you, and your family, with a supportive educational environment.  Our staff brings with them a wealth of experiences, expertise and HARAMBEE PRIDE!  We need each of you to help throughout the school year to get us off to a positive start and strong finish.  Please know that your continued involvement and commitment to our children and school is appreciated.

As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, which opens for students on Monday, August 29, 2022, our focus is to ensure we provide educational opportunities that will afford all students’ academic excellence.  Our work will focus on CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, LITERACY AND STUDENT OWNERSHIP OF LEARNING.

Thank you for making the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology your choice.  We welcome your contribution in helping our children achieve academic excellence. Together, we will continue to discover the greatness in our children.

Gregory G Shannon

Education for Self-Reliance

Help us build something great. HISTCS teachers, staff, and advisory groups are working hard everyday to create a high-quality student experience. If you’re a parent, community leader, or part of a larger organization we urge you to sign up for one of our volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, or attend any of our upcoming events. Let’s pull together for our kids and our community!

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Founded in 1972, HISTCS is Pennsylvania’s first African-centered charter school

The Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School (HISTCS) was established as one of Philadelphia’s first public charter schools and Pennsylvania’s first African-centered charter school.

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