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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

Dear Friend of Harambee Charter School,

As the proud Chief Executive Officer of Harambee, I wanted to take a moment to encourage all of you as we approach the PSSA Assessment testing period. These Assessments are an important opportunity for our students to showcase their hard work and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and GREATNESS!

To all of our students, I want you to know that I have confidence in your abilities and your potential. You have worked hard throughout the school year, and this is your chance to show just how much you have learned and grown. Remember to take your time, read each question carefully, and do your very best. Trust in your abilities and know that you have the support of teachers, parents, and the entire Harambee school community behind you.

To our parents, I understand that this can be a stressful time for you and your child. However, I urge you to continue to remain positive and supportive. Encourage your child to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and approach the PSSA Assessment with confidence. Remind them that this is just one measure of their academic progress and that their hard work and dedication throughout the year is what truly matters.

To our teachers and staff: Thank you for your unwavering dedication to our students' growth and development. Your hard work and commitment are the driving forces behind our school's success, and I am incredibly grateful for all that you do.

Together, let's embrace our core value of GREATNESS and this opportunity to showcase the knowledge, skills, and talents of our students. I wish all of our students the very best and look forward to celebrating their successes.

Asante Sana,
Baba 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

Thank you to the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi, Beta Gamma Chapter for providing four of our students with college scholarships to Cheyney University.

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