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The East Harlem School

 
The East Harlem School at Exodus House is an independent middle school committed to maintaining an intimate community of learners. With 96 students and an average class size of 15, our small school philosophy allows students to receive individual attention and opportunity to participate and engage within the classroom and beyond.
Address: New York, NY, 10029    
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The East Harlem School
The East Harlem School
Mission
The East Harlem School educates middle school students (grades 5-8) from East Harlem who wish to rise to their academic potential. The East Harlem School values teaching children who exhibit a desire to learn, and an eagerness to embrace new challenges. The East Harlem School recruits children from families with low income and helps these students develop academic excellence, moral integrity, courtesy, and an unshakeable commitment to their future and the fate of their community.
Need
East Harlem is a community beset by poverty and its attendant ills of early high school withdrawal, violent crime, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse. The middle school-aged children of East Harlem (District 4), who are largely of Black and Latino descent, consistently score in the lowest percentile on state math and reading tests. Additionally, an ineffective and under funded special education program in the public school system fails to meet the needs of many of the community’s middle-achieving students. These factors create a concentration of risks that threaten the survival, let alone the opportunity to succeed, of the children in this community.
Solution
The School serves students in grades 5–8 by addressing the needs of the whole child by promoting intellectual, moral, aesthetic, and kinesthetic development. Through a rigorous curriculum that stresses interdisciplinary learning, skill acquisition, focused exploration, and cooperative learning, The East Harlem School instills confidence, skill, discipline, and moral accountability in its students. With the completion of an East Harlem School education, students will be able to succeed in a variety of settings, while retaining the traditions and strengths of their own community.
Program Overview:
The curriculum of The East Harlem School at Exodus House is guided by the precepts of awareness and compassion. Students are expected to seek a greater awareness of themselves and their world through study. Through this awareness students are expected to develop compassion for themselves and the world and express this love through actions and choices.
Academic Program
Students in grades 5 - 8 participate in the following academic classes:
- Math: a rigorous, skills-based and conceptual math curriculum that prepares students for Algebra I by 8th grade.
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Humanities: a two-hour class that combines the skills and content of both Language Arts and Social Studies, with an emphasis on reading, writing and connections with different periods of history and parts of the world.
- Science: a hands-on exploratory class where students over four years with increased sophistication explore repeated themes in the application of biology, physics, chemistry concepts.
Students in grades 7 and 8 also participate in:
- Foreign Language: students gain conversational, reading and writing skills in elementary French, as well as exposure to history and culture of French-speaking people worldwide.
Athletics
For more than three hours per week, students engage in one or more of the following athletic classes.
Art Electives
Students of the 5-7 grades are able to select from a number of afternoon arts classes.
Study Hall
At least three days per week, students have an hour-long study hall where they are able to complete their homework and/or work one-on-one with tutors.

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309 East 103rd Street New York, NY, 10029

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