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We are still accepting applications for the 2020-21 School Year!
Update: Applications for School Year 2021-22 are also now open!
We invite all families looking for an amazing school to apply for their Pre-K to 5th Grade students!
Harlem Link Charter School
Attn: Student Enrollment Team
21 West 111th Street, Room 137
New York, NY 10026
Who can enroll at Harlem Link?
As seats are available, Harlem Link enrolls all students who apply and meet eligibility criteria described below. The school enrolls students regardless of disability, English language proficiency or prior academic performance.
Children enrolling at Harlem Link must live in New York State.
Preference in enrollment is given to:
- Students currently residing in NYC Community School District 3 (as per NYS Charter law)
- Siblings of current Harlem Link students
Students enrolling in Pre-K must be 4 years old by December 31st of the year in which they are enrolling.
Students enrolling in Kindergarten must be 5 years old by December 31st of the school year in which they are enrolling.
Are there any open houses I can attend?
All info sessions and tours are postponed due to the COVID-19 related building closure, but any questions regarding Harlem Link, its program, and the application process can be directed to our temporary office number, (917) 830-7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Spring and Summer 2020, we will also be hosting weekly Enrollment Office Hours, every Thursday at 10 AM on Zoom. Families are encouraged to join the call to speak with one of our Student Recruitment team members.
What is the "lottery"?
When there are more applications than available seats in a particular grade for the following year, the school holds a lottery in the month of April to randomly select students for the upcoming school year. This is a system followed by most charter schools in NYC, and accounts for priority placement to students in District 3 and siblings of those currently enrolled in the school.
We conduct our lottery via SchoolMint, an online Student Enrollment database. This is a fair and random process, in which student application are randomly selected. While not all families may be accepted the day of the lottery, with many charter school options in Harlem, waiting lists tend to move more quickly.
The 2020-2021 School Year lottery was held via live video conference on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 12:30 PM.
However, we accept applications on rolling basis, year-round, and welcome families to apply at any time! Your application will be added to the waitlist and a member of our student recruitment team will be in touch.
Please note that waitlists move quickly, so please continue to apply!
What happens after my child is accepted?
Harlem Link partners with SchoolMint to completely automate the student enrollment process. Via SchoolMint parents will be able to apply, accept offers, receive messages, as well as upload key forms before your student arrives for his/her first day.
If you gain admission to Harlem Link Charter School, you will be asked to attend an orientation session. These sessions are held throughout the spring and summer at various times during and after school hours. At this session you will learn more about the school’s expectations and promises and have the opportunity to meet key administrators and ask questions about the school. At this session we stress the importance of attendance and punctuality and share our document outlining parent rights and responsibilities.
Most importantly, all children must have an annual medical examination and the most up-to-date immunizations prior to starting school, and those may also be uploaded to your SchoolMint profile.
Will my child be assessed before being accepted?
When students enroll in grades above Kindergarten, the school administers diagnostic tests – including the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and the latest internal Interim Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics – and places the new student in the appropriate grade.
At times this means that students may be placed in the grade below the one in which they would attend in their previous school. These decisions will be made in careful collaboration with the family.
Is there a school uniform?
All students at Harlem Link wear school uniforms, based on their grade.
For the 2020-21 period of remote learning, students are not expected to attend Virtual School in uniform; however, all new families are still asked to purchase a uniform for when we do return to on-campus learning.
Uniforms can be purchased directly with Harlem Link (for new students only) in one of the following ways:
- Stopping by the school from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM; and purchasing a uniform package for $60.00 in cash or with debit/credit card
- Purchasing online via our special New Families Uniform Site
Please note: uniforms may only be purchased after the lottery, and that Harlem Link will accommodate exchanges whenever possible; all sales are final.
Online orders may be picked up at the school during the school hours outlined above.
When will I meet my child's teachers?
New families will have the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher before the first day of school! You will be notified of what class and grade your child will be assigned during the initial assessment process.
During this period of remote learning, your child’s teachers will reach out to you via phone to set up a time to talk and meet via Zoom.
Is the enrollment process fair?
As a public charter school, we believe in and abide the following non-discrimination guidance from New York State in our enrollment process:
A charter school shall not discriminate against or limit the admission of any student on any unlawful basis, including on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, race, creed, religion or ancestry. A school may not require any action by a student or family (such as an admissions test, interview, essay, attendance at an information session, etc.) in order for an applicant to either receive or submit an application for admission to that school.
What will virtual learning be like for my family?
This includes the opportunity to join a LIVE remote learning session with Harlem Link teachers!
"Since we were accepted in Pre-K, we were helped and felt a warm welcome. We can’t wait to attend and walk through the doors (even the remote ones!)!"- Harlem Link Parent
"I like the diverse curriculum of the charter school my child attends. My daughter is not only learning the basics of arithmetic and English, but her studies are rich in science, the arts and social studies. I also appreciate the way the school makes me feel welcome as a partner in my child's education."- Harlem Link Parent
“A mi me encanta Harlem Link porque el personal es muy atento con las familias, tienen alto nivel de compromiso en la educación de sus alumnos, los tratan como si fueran los únicos alumnos, quiero decir que la atención es muy personalizada. Se ganan el corazón de las familias y considero que los medios que usan para el aprendizaje son cuidadosamente diseñados.”- Samantha, Harlem Link Parent
"Harlem Link to me is like home. It’s a place where I have fun and grew up in."- Kadidia, HL16
"Harlem Link did everything possible both academically and emotionally to prepare my daughter for middle school."- Harlem Link Parent