School Closure UPDATE (March 24, 2020)

The Department of Education (PDE) announced today “all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Under the direction of PDE, Harambee will reopen for teachers and staff on April 7 to prepare classrooms, set up food services, and arrange other business operations. Students will return to school on April 9, unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.

Please continue to check our website for updates.

Educational Packets for Students

To help ensure that our students do not fall behind in their learning, we have made available learning packets for our students. These packets may also be found on Class Dojo. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the learning opportunities that we have provided.


Our Response to COVID-19

The health, safety, and welfare of our students, teachers, and families are our top priorities. As such, Harambee is carefully following the recommendations and guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.

We have made our cleaning routines more robust and added hand sanitizer dispensers in our hallways. As always, we disinfect all touch points throughout the building daily. We have shared specific instructions with our students and teachers on the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick. Stay connected for updates, information, and resources.

Counseling and Support Services

Counseling services are available for Harambee students who are having extreme difficulty coping during this difficult time. Parents can reach Mama Goldie, School Counselor, via email at Mama Goldie can help with a plan for de-escalation and goal-setting.

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Supporting teenagers and young adults during the coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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


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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2020-2021 School Lottery

  Our School Lottery is being held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 6:00 PM at 640 N. 66th Street in Skief Hall.   Applicants are encouraged to attend!   All applicants will receive notification of acceptance or waitlist status no later than January 30, 2020.

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