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To achieve eye-opening results we give Harlem kids perspective and open their eyes to how to think on three key levels. We help shape their approach to academics. 

Build intellectual character*

Personalize education and inspire daily

Every student has an Individual Learning Plan which is informed by conversations with the student, results of reported scores, consultation with the student’s school, and close collaboration with the student’s parent/caregiver. Each student’s Plan is written to include goals for the development of: the student’s social, emotional, and physical well-being, the student’s particular interests and strengths, the student’s academic skill levels, and the student’s ability to look to the world outside, to the future and his/her place in it.

  • 100% of students’ scores are assessed and each student’s Individual Learning Plan is adjusted to address individual needs and weaknesses through daily student-teacher personalized interaction and motivation.

Active parents = Parent satisfaction

In an annual parent survey of afterschool programs:

  • 94 % of our parents feel that the Harbor staff communicates and provides them with information about their child and program activities.
  • 100% of our parents would recommend the Harbor to other parents for their children.
  • 97% of our parents are satisfied with the instruction and activities provided by the Harbor.
  • 84%  percent of parents  indicated that Harbor staff helps their child understand his/her homework.
  • 100% of our parents  feel that the Harbor is a safe place for their child to work, learn and have fun.
  • 81 % of our parents feel that the Harbor has helped their child do better in school.

Goal

  • Provide meaningful, enriching experiences designed to foster critical thinkers and kindergarten ready students.

Results

  • Significant student progress in pre-reading skills:  70% of our universal pre-K students (4 year olds) are performing at or above grade level in reading as evidenced by the January  ISIP Early Reading Assessment.  
  • Significant student progress in pre mathematics skills:  88% of the pre-K students exceeded grade level expectations in number concepts on the Brigance Early Childhood Developmental Inventory.

Focus Area

  • Increase enrollment of 4-year-olds.

Goal

  • Provide students with high quality, engaging educational opportunities enriched by the performing arts with the goal of building intellectual character,
    increasing student achievement, and developing the whole child.

Results

  • 100% of the students have Individual Learning Plans designed to increase student needs in specific academic areas.
  • 71% of Harbor K.I.D.S. students passed the recent Core Knowledge Unit Assessments.
  • 85% of all participants take part in the Jr. Sr. Education program weekly.
  • 100% of Harbor K.I.D.S. students (third through fifth grade) have been trained on and are using the Plato Learning System for computer-assisted
    instruction on reading and mathematics.

Focus Area

  • Integrate STEM into the curriculum.

Goal

  • Serves high school students to increase the rates at which they enroll and graduate from post-secondary education institutions.

Results

  • 80% of all Harbor T.E.E.N. participants graduate high school, and attend two and/or four year colleges.
  • The last two years of the program:
    • 92% of participating Seniors graduated from high school in 2009.
    • 87% of participating Seniors attended two and four year colleges in 2009.
    • 92% of participating Seniors graduated from high school in 2010.
    • 100% of all graduating Seniors attended two and four year colleges in 2010.
    • 66% of participants attend Harbor T.E.E.N. sessions weekly.
  • 90% of Harbor T.E.E.N. families completed the Strengthening Families service learning component of the program.
  • 75% of registered students attend Harbor T.E.E.N. programming every week.
  • 100% of Harbor T.E.E.N. participants successfully completed training enabling them to find alternative solutions to social situations that otherwise might be
    solved with drug use as a result of their work with Harbor T.E.E.N. counselors.

Focus Area

  • Increase weekly attendance.

Goal

  • Integrate a performing arts component into the Harbor’s education philosophy as part of a commitment to providing exposure to the arts to every Harbor student.

Results

  • 100% of preschoolers are participating in the Literacy through Music and Movement once a week.

Focus Area

  • Increase number of Harbor students participating in performing arts activities.
* Source: Ritchhart, Ron. Intellectual Character: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002