My son has been at Storefront Academy Harlem since Pre-K in 2014. I love the school. I appreciate the small classrooms and the close setting. Another plus for us is one class per grade. It creates a sense of friendship and connection with the students and teachers. I am very happy with the direction of the administration. I like the MAP testing system and the one-on-one time every students gets with the teachers each day. Every school has its hiccups, however. I would prefer a real auditorium, gym and school yard. Children play on a closed-off street. Holiday and spring concerts, and graduations are off-campus, usually in a local church. The gas station at the end of the block creates a lot traffic in the area, however, they are great at keeping non-school traffic from entering the block during school hours. Spirit Week is a lot of fun. It ends with Field Day at a local sports field. Parents are welcome to go along. The students have a fantastic time.
If you are looking for a unique experience with a close-knit community where staff know your child by name and their individual experience, Storefront is a great place for that. As a parent, I advise all parents to be diligent with your child's education. Be engaged and stay in constant touch with your child's teacher. You are able to sit in on your child's class if you speak with the teacher beforehand to set up a date and time. The school is excellent at parent communication so use that to your advantage.
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.
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.
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/