Global Community Charter School (GCCS) serves the Harlem and surrounding community by providing students in grades K through 5 with an education that is rigorous, inquiry-based, and teaches students and families to work together across differences in language, culture, economic background, age, and nationality. GCCS prepares students for admission to a challenging secondary education and to exhibit the courage and conviction to make a difference.
Our Unique School Model
GCCS is proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, which authorizes us to offer the prestigious Primary Years Program (PYP) to our students. The Primary Years Program is for children aged 3 - 12 and nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education.
Students also receive instruction in dance, music, science, spanish, media and visual arts, and lessons in these subjects are integrated into the academic curriculum of their classrooms.
GCCS currently serves more than 400 students in grades K-5. The student body is 28% African-American, 67% Latino, and 5% of mixed ethnicity. Families come from Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx to benefit from the education we offer.
88% of GCCS students are eligible for Federal Free & Reduced Lunch, 19% of our students are English Language Learners (ELLs), and 21% are Students with disabilities (SWDs).
For students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), we have Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms at every grade level; children with IEPs learn with their peers. We have two instructors on staff who work in small groups with ELL students. This work is overseen by our Special Education Coordinator in collaboration with our Assistant Chief Academic Officer for Support & Intervention.
Developing Global Citizenship
GCCS believes that global citizenship begins with local responsibility. We believe that an engaged and imaginative understanding of the world begins at home. In partnership with parents, children are encouraged to become passionate learners fully connected to the rapidly changing world in which we live. In a diverse and vibrant place like New York City, every block provides new opportunities for learning and inspiration!
Global Community Charter School was founded on the premise that all students are entitled to an exciting and enriching school experience. In an attempt to elevate the curriculum and empower students located in Harlem, the founders adopted the most compelling programs available to guide the development of their students.
In September 2012, the school welcomed its first Kindergarten and First Grade students at their site on West 145th Street. The school relocated in February 2015, and is now in its present home on 5th Avenue and 142nd Street in Central Harlem, where it serves students from a wide range of ethnic neighborhoods and home languages.