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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

"Get on the Bus Tour" - Harambee visits HBCU's

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A message from the CEO

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A message from the CEO

To our OUTSTANDING Parents and Caregivers,

I greet you in the spirit of Umoja!

As we are in the midst of our first school semester, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your tireless efforts in support of our/your children, school, community, and the African world!

We continue to embrace our Core Values of INNOVATION and GREATNESS!  Embracing our Core Values has enabled Harambee to provide and support our/your children with a comprehensive academic program that stimulates both their cognitive and social/emotional development.

Let's continue to work together to ensure our/your children receive the world class education they so richly deserve and take time to love and encourage one another as we move into the fall and winter months.

All the best!
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

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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