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Our Mission & Vision

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.


Harambee School Fund

Harambee School Fund Each year our school relies upon support from our community to help our teachers and staff provide many excellent and enriching educational opportunities to our students! As part of our fundraising efforts, we would like to enlist your...

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Harambee Students Win Essay & Oratorical Competition

All we do at Harambee is win win win!!! A special thanks to our Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School Board of Directors, Our CEO Dr. Kimberly Harris and our Principal Baba Gregory Shannon for casting a new winning vision both in and out the...

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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.
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