Opened in August 2012 in Harlem, NCS provides a rich, challenging K-8 program that cultivates the intellectual, social and emotional development of each child. In 2019, we opened our doors in the Bronx to serve even more students. We are proud of our fully inclusive program for autistic students who make up approximately 15% of our student body.

Our LIGHT Values

Neighborhood Charter Schools seek to instill in our children the NCS LIGHT Values. We use the acronym LIGHT as a short-hand for these values and we teach our students to develop in these values throughout our programming.

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Good citizenship

Hard Work


Academics and Culture

Rigorous Academics and a Well-Rounded Curriculum
Our academic program focuses on making sure that all of our students are fluent readers, confident writers, and that they have solid math skills. NCS ensures our students are well on their way to becoming independent learners and critical thinkers by the time they reach third grade.

Our ASD Program

NCS has Speech-Language Pathologists on staff at all of our schools. Our fully inclusive program for autistic children provides customized supports that help all children succeed.

Students experience Social Club and use Social Thinking every day, where they learn to make sense of their own and others’ thoughts, feelings, and intentions in context.

After School Programming

After-School Programming

NCS has an after-school program at all school sites.

Students engage in homework help, enrichment activities such as science clubs, and middle school students have access to free SHSAT prep courses.

Co-teachers in every classroom K-8

Rigorous ELA and Math instruction

Hands-on science instruction every day

Arts, social-emotional, and physical education/health programming

Longer school day and year

Partnership with families

Harlem &
The Bronx

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