Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School

School Board Meeting: Special Session

Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School will hold a public Board meeting (special session) on August 5, 2020, at 6:00 pm. The public is invited to attend via ZOOM video.  Anyone wishing to attend the Board meeting should send an email request to board@histcs.org no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to join the meeting.

2020-2021 School Opening

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents and families may submit questions using the attached form.

2020-2021 School Opening


Please read a message from our CEO.

A Message from our CEO – 7.31.20


Harambee’s parents and guardians are invited to attend Parent Orientation for the 2020-2021 school year. The details are included in the attached flyer.

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
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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POSTPONED: Annual Literacy Night

POSTPONED: Annual Literacy Night

While there have been no cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Harambee Institute of Science and Technology, we are taking all necessary precautions to protect the health and well-being of the members of our school community. To this end, our Annual Literacy Night on...

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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. Lets pull together for our kids and our community!
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Founded in 1973, 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. Read MoreVideo