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Cooke School and Institute Rendering by PBDW Architects Cooke School and Institute Rendering by PBDW Architects
Enrollment at Harlem's public schools continues to hit low numbers as parents begin to favor other higher-performing options in the area, such as charter and private schools. And while Harlem is in need of a public education revamp - especially as gentrification spreads - it seems construction efforts have been put into the alternatives. De Blasio himself has set goals to improve public schools, but by the same token, has strengthened the charter and private sector by providing more support to its students and their parents - even Diddy (Sean Combs) got on board. So, it comes as no surprise that all four of these schools currently underway in Harlem fall into those categories. Well, at least they're not luxury condos.
Cooke School and Institute

1713 Madison Avenue

cooke school lobby Renderings by PBDW Architects
cooke school gym Gymnasium
cooke school playground Outdoor Play Area
The new colorful rendering of 1713 Madison Avenue, courtesy of PBDW Architects, shows a new modern four-story facility for the Cooke School and Institute, a private special education provider that serves students from ages 5 to 18. The new facility will combine their Grammar School, Academy High School, and Institute into one East Harlem location. The property, which held a single-story structure, was bought earlier this year for $7M and permits (pending) were filed in August. When complete, the property will house a 67,000-square-foot freestanding building complete with amenities like a full-sized gym, several therapeutic spaces, and studios for students' rehearsals and performances.
The Cathedral School

1035 Amsterdam Avenue

The Cathedral School Rendering Rendering of 1035 Amsterdam Avenue
1035 Amsterdam Avenue Photos taken by CityRealty
The Cathedral School of Saint John The Divine is currently in the construction phase of building a new 7,880-square-foot addition on the southern end of the existing school. The new building will have three levels, an elevator, storage space, a 2,700-square-foot media center, another dining/meeting/assembly space, and a new admissions suite. A rendering has been posted on the construction site fence with an expected completion date of December 2018. You can follow updates on the school's official page.
Charter School

691 Saint Nicholas Avenue

691 Saint Nicholas Avenue Rendering Rendering of 691 Saint Nicholas Avenue Posted on Fence
691 Saint Nicholas Avenue Construction Photos by CityRealty
691 Saint Nicholas Avenue Construction 2
Kiumarz Geula, a developer with a Bronx school in the works, has filed permits for a charter school in Harlem. Construction is still in its early stages but upon completion, the 6-story building will have 41,138 square feet of school space that will include a cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms, and offices. According to a sign posted on the construction fence, progress on the building will wrap up rather quickly - summer 2018.
Hebrew Language Academy Charter School Expansion

147 Saint Nicholas Avenue

147 Saint Nicholas Avenue Rendering Expanded Harlem Hebrew Language Academy (Credit: Konstantin Rozumny for BL Companies)
147 Saint Nicholas Avenue Construction Photo by CityRealty
Applications for this vertical and horizontal expansion of the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School were filed back in October of 2015 and now, the Harlem structure, located between West 117th and 118th streets, has topped out. The new six-story building will hold 51,517 square feet of space and include more classrooms, offices, a faculty lounge, a cafeteria, outdoor play area, and an auditorium. Construction is scheduled to be completed next year, and renovations to the existing adjacent school will take place after hours and during the summer of 2018.

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