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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


2019-2020 School Year Calendar now Available!

2019-2020 School Year Calendar now Available!

Announcing 2019-20 Calendar Dates You can download the list of days Harambee is open and closed in the 2019-20 school year. 2019-20 Open/Closed School Dates (PDF) Be sure to also check the Harambee Google Calendar, where you can add relevant dates directly into your...

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Message from the Principal’s Office: Report Card Conferences

Message from the Principal’s Office: Report Card Conferences

Dear Parents/Guardians, As you are aware, our third marking period report card conferences were originally scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019 and Friday, April 26, 2019. However, as this date conflicts with our 2019 PSSA assessment, we have rescheduled the third...

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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