Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School
Changes to Harambee’s Public Board meetings due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic


Due to Pennsylvania governmental guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS outbreak, Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School’s in person public Board meetings were cancelled for the months of March and April.


Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School will hold a public Board meeting on May 27, 2020 from 5:00 – 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 May 26, 2020 to join the meeting.

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

Counseling and Support Services

Counseling and support 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 gbarnes@histcs.org. Mama Goldie can help with a plan for de-escalation and goal-setting.

COVID-19 Resources for the Home

VYH Supply Distribution

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)


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

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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