At the core of improved quality of life lies the need for quality education.
Urban Concern addresses this critical need by operating Harambee Christian School (HCS).
HCS opened in 1998 with 15 kindergarten students. Currently, HCS serves 135 students in grades K-8.
- 90% of HCS students qualify for free lunch.
- 85% of HCS students are minority.
- 63% live in South Linden.
Harambee Christian School has established a distinguished record of academic achievement. Our students routinely outpace achievement levels of area public schools. For example, while area public school students typically achieve around the 20th percentile on the Metropolitan Achievement Test, students at Harambee School routinely achieve above the 50th percentile.
HCS is a private school and not a charter school. Since most families are low-income, HCS relies on the support of various individuals, churches, foundations and businesses for funding. The Harambee Scholarship Fund raises these funds for families in need.
Although HCS is primarily a program of Urban Concern, the school is also affiliated with Xenos Christian Schools. Xenos Schools provides administrative support to HCS.
View/download the Harambee Parent Handbook by clicking here.