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Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly The Children's Storefront)

Private | PK-8 | 174 students

We are known for our academic rigor and strategic nurturing

 

Living in New York

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $496,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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4 stars

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Posted September 26, 2013

Sending your children to The Children's Storefront is like a sending them to be with family. The staff and faculty really show love and concern for the children. I feel my children are in a safe, nurturing environment. The small classroom size allows for better interaction with the students and teachers. The teachers really work hard to ensure the child's learning environment is conducive to their educational level. They also value the child's input in their learning strategies. For example, my son, who is going through a growth spurt, had a difficult time sitting still in his seat during lesson time. The teachers allowed him to stand quietly at his desk while writing his assignment as long as he didn't disrupt any other students. This made a world of difference for my son, who was then able to focus and complete his work. Other schools may have punished him for not being able to sit still. They took my son's needs and worked with him to ensure success. We have alumni and their parents who often come back to participate in fund raisers and to continue to be a part of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

I am very dissapointed in this school's lack of leadership and structure. The gym is house in a church that is needs rehab. The cafetaria is small and my child doesnt eat the food because it's salty. The cafeteria staff and aides are unprofessional and rude. There is no school NURSE. The only water fountain is in the administration office. The 1st grade classroom is in the same bldg as the middle school students who are disrespectful to staff, parents, and other students. Children get preferential treatment is their parents are friends with administration. Their organizational system is nonexistent. They are still using a Cow Bell to alert students when it is time to go class. Teachers do not come get the kids and line up so children have a lack of respect for time. THIS SCHOOL IS NOT ON THE ISAAGNY LIST anymore. There was no summer camp list with all of the community programs in the area nor was there a high school recruitment. I'm looking for another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I'm 12 and in the 7th grade i attend The Children's Storefront and i love going there it has great acadimics. And its fun bening on the basketball team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

My daughter attends the Children Storefront and I see this school as a very special place. The Storefront provides a strong academic program that has increasingly grown to become quite a challenge. i really love the setting and the administrative tone and expectation at the school/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

My 10 year old daughter has attended The Children's Storefront since she was in pre-school. The school has undergone a couple leadership changes since the founder left, but seems to be settling now. The school is commited to offering a free education to a broad range of students. The teachers work hard at treating each child as an individual and giving them the structure as well as the nurturing needed for them to be successful. The school prides itself on giving each child an excellent education, despite the abilty level of each child. In the past few years there has been a greter emphasis on test scores and the student's overall scores are improving. While the after school budget was cut a few years ago, the school still manages to offer cross-country, music lessons and African Dance for free. Parents are beginning to become more active in school life again.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 93% 21%
Hispanic 7% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
White 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Tutor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Special education coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
School psychologist
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Elisa Istueta
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • None
Associations
  • NYSAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Hybrid
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Foreign language and culture club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Storefront Academy Harlem is committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Our work is grounded in the conviction that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education. Storefront Academy works in partnership with families and community members to prepare children academically, socially and emotionally for further education, empowering each child to reach his or her potential.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
30
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
200

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$0 - $0
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
All students are on full scholarship

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cathedral High School
Church Farm School
Dwight School
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70 East 129th Street
New York, NY 10035
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Phone: (212) 427-7900

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