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.


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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
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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POSTPONED: Fundraising Gala 2020

POSTPONED: Fundraising Gala 2020

Each year our school relies upon support from our community leaders to help our teachers and staff provide many excellent and enriching educational opportunities to our students. This is a fundraiser gala page, where we are launching our 2020 board of directors drive....

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

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