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214 W 142nd St
New York, NY 10030

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30am–4:00pm

St. Charles Borromeo has a rich, storied history in the Harlem community. Beginning in a storefront in 1888, the parish moved to its present building — known as “The Cathedral of Harlem” — in 1904. The school opened that same year and has been a pillar of Harlem’s Catholic community ever since.

As one of the seven schools in the Partnership Schools network, SCB is committed to providing families with a rigorous education that is driven by values, supplemented with a host of enrichment opportunities, and guided by a network of talented teachers and school leaders.

SCB Families: Find your child’s 2019 summer assignments here!

Grades served

UPK, K to Grade 8

School Day Begins

7:30 am

School Day Ends

4:00 pm

Bus stops

M2, Bx19

Subway stops


Events Calendar

October 3
17:00 — Family Paint Night
Family Paint Night Oct 3, 17:00 — 18:30
November 6
SCHOOL CLOSED: Religious Conference Day
SCHOOL CLOSED: Religious Conference Day November 6

Day In the Life


8:00amEnter School
8:15amSchool Begins
11:30am - 12:00pmLunch
2:30pmDismissal / Pick-Up


8:00amEnter School
8:15amSchool Begins
11:30am - 12:00pmLunch
2:45pmDismissal / Pick-Up

Grade 1–4

8:00amEnter School
8:15amSchool Begins
12:00pm - 12:40pmLunch
2:45pmDismissal / Pick-Up

Grade 5

8:00amEnter School
8:15amSchool Begins
12:20pm - 1:00pmLunch
2:45pmDismissal / Pick-Up

Grade 6–8

8:00amEnter School
8:10amSchool Begins
12:20pm - 1:00pmLunch
3:15pmDismissal / Pick-Up

Root Beliefs

At St. Charles Borromeo School we believe that:

God is in all things

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” (Gerard Manley Hopkins) At St. Charles, this means God is in the curriculum, how it’s taught, and, most importantly, how it is lived out by every member of the school community. Seeing and serving God in all things involves not only cultivating and encouraging in students a curiosity of the world around them, but also in striving daily to see the face of Christ in everyone — teachers, parents and students alike. As we seek greater understanding and recognition of God’s presence in creation, we grow in love for God the Creator.

Success starts with the soul

Educating the whole child involves fostering both academic excellence and holiness; they are not mutually exclusive. As Bl. Basil Moreau says, “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart,” and we recognize the soul as encompassing both mind and heart. At St. Charles, we develop intellectual capacity and skills for contemporary life while also cultivating the ability of our students to come to know, love, and serve God. We are focused and committed to student success, continued education, and future career, and also whether they live a life of goodness in service to God and others. Striving for holiness, then, is not where we end, but rather where we start.

All of us can learn

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27). Recognizing this, we push all students to learn and excel at the highest level possible. Each of us are capable of learning because each of us are made in the image and likeness of God. Everyone can achieve success; no one is excluded from this. Furthermore, we constantly seek to maintain a growth mindset in all we do. We can always get better, and there is more that all of us – students, teachers, and parents alike – can learn.

Excellence is intentional

God is not honored by mediocrity. We seek excellence every day in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Being an excellent school means more than high grades, good test scores, winning athletic records, or a beautiful building. We strive for excellence in all things, not the least of which is how we interact with others and how we serve God. This takes practice, risk, and even failure sometimes! We seek to be a community where students, staff, and families are constantly reflecting, seeking out feedback, and intentionally seeking out ways to constantly improve and grow. But it’s only through our intentional choices that we give glory to God through excellence: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” (Aristotle)

We are made for each other in the image and likeness of God

“No man is an island,” that we are made for each other to live and reveal community together. God himself is relationship (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and we are called to relationship with all people, even (or especially) those we do not particularly like. This recognition that we all belong to one another is crucial in living out our Gospel call to care for the most needy among us. We therefore strive to treat everyone – whether we are a student, staff, or family member, with the respect and honor they deserve as a child of God. Likewise, every visitor to our school should be welcomed as a beloved guest.

We can do hard things

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'” (Matt. 19:26). Education gives us agency, and we are not beholden to outside forces.  We can and should seek out hard things – tasks that have never been done before, deeds that others have thought foolhardy or impossible. “It matters not how strait the gate / How charged with punishments the scroll / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul.” (Invictus) “WE” is also critically important in this belief, as it’s only by working together – as a team, a family, and united in the Lord – that we can overcome the challenges life throws at us.

We are a family

God created us for one another. “The family is the first school of the social virtues that every society needs.” Our St. Charles family involves the teachers, parents, the parish, and the surrounding community. All of us in the family build trust, communicate openly and honestly, seek input, and transparently share the progress of children to ensure their continued success. Because we know that our students will never truly flourish if they see us a dysfunctional or broken family, we seek out and don’t shy away from opportunities for the school to partner with parents, family members, alumni, current students, and outside community organizations.

Academics and Enrichment Programs

Academics at St. Charles builds on the tradition of Catholic school excellence by integrating our root beliefs with a rigorous academic curriculum.

Robust enrichment programs augment that curriculum, enhancing students’ academic experiences and broadening their appreciation for the rich and often unexplored culture that surrounds them.

Early Childhood Education

We provide a highly successful, high quality academic program in a nurturing environment, serving families in Harlem and neighboring communities. All children are encouraged to achieve their individual goals as they are guided through their academic, spiritual, moral and emotional growth.

Enrichment Programs

St. Charles Borromeo School also offers programs that integrate and augment the curriculum and enhance students’ lives. These include CYO Girls and Boys Basketball, City Track, Drum Circle, Computer Club, Martial Arts, Chess, Spanish, Art and Movie Day.

After School Program

Our after-school program serves PreK-8th grade students and runs from 2:45pm to 6:00pm.