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Harlem Link enrolls all students who apply and meet eligibility criteria described below when there are available seats. The school enrolls students regardless of disability, English language proficiency or prior academic performance.
Any child who lives in New York State is eligible to enroll in Harlem Link, but preference is given to certain students based on where they live. The application is very simple; it only asks for name, contact information, birthdate and prior school.
When there is an open seat at the school, students who have a sibling already enrolled have preference. Also, under the 2007 revision to the state charter law, students who live in Community School District 3 have preference.
Students enrolling in kindergarten must be 5 years old by December 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. (Please note that this state law is different for New York City district schools, which have a waiver and enroll students born as late as December 31.)
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.
You must fill out a student application and submit it online, by mail, or in person.
Select Harlem Link Charter School by choosing "Manhattan" and CSD "3" (Community School District 3). Available in 6 languages!
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Download the application in the language of your choice and submit it by mail or in person.
Send student applications to:
Harlem Link Charter School
Attn: Hollie Guinn
20 W 112th Street
New York, NY 10026
Walk into our main office and fill out an application in person!
In order to be eligible for the lottery for the following school year, our office must receive your application by 5 pm on the lottery deadline. As noted above, for the 2014-15 school year applications must have been received by our office by Friday, April 4. Applications received after this will automatically be placed on the waitlist, which can move quickly through the spring and summer.
Please call the main office at 212-289-3249 if you have any questions.
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 2014-15, the lottery date is Thursday, April 24, 2014. The names of students who have siblings in the school and those who live in District 3 are pulled (in random order) first. We call this step the “Preference Lottery.” Once all those names are randomly called, we randomly select all of the other names. We welcome families to attend the lottery to observe and see that it is a fair and random process. However, we do not encourage attendance as the process can be unnecessarily emotional; with many charter school options in Harlem, waiting lists tend to move more quickly than the public realizes at the time of the lottery.
Once a seat is reserved for your child, you will need to provide paperwork and will be offered a number of permission slips and other forms to sign. First, you will be asked to sign a yellow registration form; until this form is signed we do not consider your child enrolled at our school. Along with this form you must provide proof of address such as a utility bill as well as your child’s medical record and social security information.
Most importantly, all children must have an annual medical examination prior to starting school.
If your child is enrolling in kindergarten and you gain admission through the lottery in April, you will be asked to attend an orientation session. These sessions are held throughout the spring 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.
Finally, as noted above, if entering in a grade above kindergarten, your child will be assessed using our Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and Interim Assessments to ensure proper grade placement.
Non-Discrimination Statement: 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, national origin, 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.