Harlem Village Academies is a progressive, K-12 urban public school district founded in September 2003, consisting of five public charter schools as well as a college support program.

HVA serves as the demonstration site for the new Progressive Education Institute, which is located on our 124th Street campus.

Our Academies
Our five academies, located throughout Harlem, include HVA East Elementary, HVA West Elementary, HVA East Middle, HVA West Middle, and HVA High.
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Educational Philosophy
HVA is deeply committed to progressive education which was conceived in the early 20th century to provide a sophisticated pedagogical experience for all children, in order to create a more equitable society.

Student Enrollment
We currently serve 1,400 students. By September 2016 we will serve 2,000 students annually in grades K-12 and, over time, thousands of college alumni.

Student Attrition
In 2010-2011, Harlem Village Academies experienced just 5.9% attrition, while schools in New York City’s District 5 experienced 20.8% attrition.

There are no academic admissions criteria for acceptance into HVA. Students are admitted through an open, public lottery based on New York State education law

The School Song
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In the spring of 2011, HVA Vice Chairman of the Board and Grammy winning musical artist John Legend wrote a song, We Rise, in honor of our first graduating class.

Student Pledge
Three days before the very first HVA opened its doors in 2003, the HVA Student Pledge was written by our founder as a personal prayer for our students.

Faculty & Staff
Our team currently consists of over 200 dedicated teachers and support staff across our five academies. We are growing and actively seeking talented individuals to join our team.
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Dr. Deborah Kenny, founder of HVA, was the first principal of the original Harlem Village Academy.
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About Charter Schools
Charter schools are public schools that are held strictly accountable for student achievement results in exchange for freedom from administrative regulations.Read our founder’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal: “Why Charter Schools Work” »

Our Charter Authorizer
HVA charter schools are all authorized by the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York. We are held accountable for results by our authorizer, the New York State Education Department, and the New York City Department of Education. Learn more about charter schools here »