Storefront Academy Charter Schools is a Section 501(c)(3) organization with two free public charter elementary schools in South Bronx and Harlem in New York. The schools educate urban youth of all learning abilities in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The school's plan is to eventually expand its education offering through eighth grade. As of March 2022, there were 279 students enrolled in the South Bronx campus and 74 students enrolled in the Harlem campus. Storefront Academy admission is lottery-based, which means that the schools accept all students, regardless of academic ability or financial means. The schools are supported primarily by state and local per-pupil operating revenues.
At the Storefront Academy schools, families and educators work together as equal partners to ensure students most impacted by inequity are prepared to succeed in school and beyond. The organization recognizes that too many children are born into pre-existing social, economic, and geographic systems that leave them without access to quality educational experiences. These inequities can, without intervention, lead to millions of young people exiting school each year unprepared to thrive in the years ahead. The Storefront Academy Charter Schools' mission is to overcome these challenges and to strengthen family engagement in school through its programming.
Children's Storefront was originally founded in 1966 and served East Harlem. In 1981, Storefront Academy Harlem emerged as a tuition-free private school serving students in pre-K through eighth grade. In 2015, Storefront opened its first charter school in the South Bronx, and in August 2019, it opened its second charter in East Harlem. In 2018, Storefront closed its private school.
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