Dr. Achil Petit
Superintendent, HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools and Early Childhood Programs
Dr. Saskia Brown
Deputy Superintendent, HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools
We address the “whole child” — doing whatever it takes to ensure our scholars get to and through college, build successful careers, and reach their true potential.
Scholars reach their full potential through a relentless focus on academic excellence. Scholars enjoy an extended school day and year, ensuring their success in core subject areas — math, language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Scholars are taught by leading educators in cutting-edge facilities designed for interactive learning.
Scholars’ experiences both inside — and outside — the classroom are key to their academic and personal growth. To that end, they enjoy a range of extracurricular activities, from athletics and the arts to civics and wellness, along with access to the vast cultural opportunities New York City has to offer.
Proper nutrition is key to fueling healthy minds and bodies. That’s why our scholars enjoy nutritious, home-cooked meals served up by our executive chef and exceptional culinary team.
Social-emotional learning is steeped in our school culture and drives our practices and policies. Scholars learn about self-awareness, responsible decision making, conflict management, and other critical life skills. Trained social workers and guidance counselors provide individualized support to scholars, and they share expertise with parents and staff to ensure coordinated support to scholars at home and at school.
Our scholars leave school ready to thrive in college and their careers. From the time they’re in kindergarten, scholars learn the importance of college; as juniors and seniors, they prepare for their post-secondary journey with advanced placement courses, college exposures, and internships with leading companies. Our Center for Higher Education and Career Support provides guidance on their journey.
Promise Academy exists within HCZ’s pathway of comprehensive, cradle-to-career services. As such, scholars benefit from nutrition education through our signature Healthy Harlem program, social services, foster care prevention, and after-school support, with additional opportunities that put our scholars on the same playing field as children from more affluent communities.
Data drives everything we do. Armed with real-time data on our scholars’ academic progress and social development, we design actionable plans tailored to the unique needs of each child and confront any challenges that might hinder their success.
We will go to college. We will succeed. This is our promise. This is our creed.
Promise Academy Creed
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