Documents & Publications

Biennial Reports

Annual Highlights of Achievements

A Look at HCZ Programs

Sharing the HCZ Model

Valentine's Day Poems

Links to External Assessments and Reports

Are High Quality Schools Enough to Increase Achievement Among the Poor? Evidence from the Harlem Children, Dr. Roland Fryer and Dr. Will Dobbie (2011) The first empirical test of Promise Academy's impact on educational outcomes, Dr. Fryer’s important study demonstrates that our elementary school students successfully closed the racial achievement gap in math and English, while our middle school students closed the gap in math and narrowed it by half in English.
Getting Beneath the Veil of Effective Schools: Evidence from New York City, Dr. Roland Fryer and Dr. Will Dobbie (2013) Using evidence from Promise Academy and other NYC charter schools, Dr. Fryer and Dr. Dobbie establish best practices for achieving school effectiveness.
Achieving Escape Velocity: Neighborhood and School Interventions to Reduce Persistent Inequality, Dr. Roland Fryer and Dr. Lawrence Katz (2013) Using evidence from HCZ, Dr. Fryer and Dr. Katz consider the role of schools and neighborhoods in improving student outcomes, concluding that schools support cognitive development and help reduce risky behaviors, while neighborhoods can help improve health.
Injecting Charter School Best Practices into Traditional Public Schools: Evidence From Field Experiments, Dr. Roland Fryer (2014) Dr. Fryer finds that implementing best practices from Promise Academy and other high-performing charter schools helped improve student achievement in math at traditional public schools in Houston.
The Medium-Term Impact of High-Performing Charter Schools, Dr. Roland Fryer and Dr. Will Dobbie (2014) Dr. Fryer and Dr. Dobbie find that, in addition to demonstrating improved educational outcomes, Promise Academy students are also less likely to engage in risky behaviors: our female students were 59% less likely to get pregnant and our boys were “essentially 100%” less likely to become incarcerated than their peers who were not accepted in the school lottery.
Building the Pipeline: Helping Students in Under-Performing Schools (Promise Neighborhoods Institute, 2014) Prepared for Promise Neighborhoods building "pipelines" to help students in traditional public schools get to and through college, this brief explains the theory behind HCZ's approach, challenges we have faced, lessons we have learned, and our results, including student success stories.
Harlem Children’s Zone: Driving Performance with Measurement and Evaluation (Harvard Business School, 2003) A look at the planning and implementation of the HCZ Project, this case study charts changes in the organization’s management structure, measurement systems, and program goals.
Addressing the Childhood Asthma Crisis in Harlem: The Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative (American Journal of Public Health, 2005) As part of our holistic approach, HCZ developed an Asthma Initiative to track the rate and effects of asthma on 0-12 year olds in the Zone and help children and families develop effective management strategies.
Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Ask and Answer Questions Regarding the Environment and Health (Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities, 2005) This paper discusses HCZ's partnership with Columbia University and Harlem Hospital to assess and address the needs of our kids and community in developing the HCZ Asthma Initiative, a collaborative, community-based intervention.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005) This weekly report of the CDC includes an overview of HCZ’s efforts to reduce childhood asthma in the Zone through its community-based Asthma Initiative – see pp. 11-14.