Neighborhood Charter Schools are high performing, free and public schools. 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. We are proud of our fully-inclusive program for high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders which serves approximately 15% of our student body.

NCS: Harlem at a Glance

Grades Served



Every Day

Fully Inclusive


After School Hours

4pm – 5:30pm

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Head of School K-8

Michael Renda

Michael Renda is the K-8 Head of Schools at NCSH. He started at NCSH in 2013 founding the K-1 Science Program. During his tenure, Mr. Renda has served as Assistant Principal, Principal and now as Head of Schools. Mr. Renda holds a Master’s of Education Degree in Secondary Education from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership from City College. On the weekends, Mr. Renda enjoys cycling class, running, and spending time with his family.

NCS:Harlem After School Program

We are proud to offer a free after-school program ran by NCSH staff from 4:00-5:30pm. We offer homework help, a healthy snack, and creative enrichment activities. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.