Boys & Girls Harbor Preschool, located in Harlem, NYC, has been educating young minds for 75 years. The school got its start in 1937 to provide a summer camp experience for economically disadvantaged young boys in Manhattan. Since then it has grown into a full-fledged private school for boys and girls.
The school primarily serves boys and girls 19 months to 23 years old from Harlem and the South Bronx. About 75% of the students are between the ages of 6 and 17, and they are mostly from low income families.
The faculty at Harbor make a strong effort to educate the young minds that enter their doors and challenge their imaginations. In addition to a traditional education they provide programs in performing arts including music, dance, and theater. The school considers itself a “multidisciplinary arts program” and that’s a good way to describe it. Performance arts are integrated into every aspect of the curriculum.
Harbor school has a preschool program and an after school program. The preschool program serves toddlers and preschoolers all year. The after school program serves children of all ages and uses the Core Knowledge philosophy to help students 5-12 who are struggling academically.
The method of Boys & Girls Harbor Preschool involves developing critical thinking skills by appealing to students’ creative and reflective thinking abilities. Each student receives a personalized learning plan that serves to keep the staff guided by practical need. And parents are encouraged to be active participants in the education process.
The school has been very successful at reaching students and taking them to the next level where they have a better chance at succeeding in life.