About Amber

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    Amber Charter School was founded in 2000 as the first Latino-led charter school in New York State by the Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP), a community-based organization. Amber Charter School serves students in three locations, East Harlem, Kingsbridge and now Inwood. 

    All students receive instruction in Spanish as a second language from kindergarten until they graduate in eighth grade. Special education services include counseling, speech, a special education teacher,  occupational therapy, and access to physical therapy off campus. In grades K-2 there is a teacher assistant with the lead teacher.  Students participate in a core curriculum in literacy, mathematics,  science and social studies. In addition, enrichment is offered in the visual arts, music, physical education and technology. 

    Amber has partnerships with El Museo del Barrio, , Harlem Hospital, Legal Aid, Academy of Medicine, Manhattan College, Fordham University, Lehman College, Teachers College, Road to Success, Harlem Jets, Hudson River Community Sailing, Kids in the Game, Montefiore Medical Center, Settlement Health, Bronxville Ballet, Creative Arts Workshops, and many others.

    Amber Charter Schools have demonstrated consistent evidence of grade level academic proficiency through absolute performance, growth over time and comparisons to the local school district and city on NYS assessments.  Amber Charter Schools place a high priority on advancing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of the young English language learners (ELLs) we serve.  Almost all ACS ELL students demonstrate a commanding level of English by 3rd grade.

    Amber Charter Schools has not only created a program that produces strong academic performance, but more broadly addresses the learning and developmental needs of the whole child through enrichment offerings and a comprehensive range of support. All of our schools:

    • Ensure a rigorous and comprehensive core academic experience.
    • Support students in multiple ways.
    • Create an educational community that celebrates culture and fosters a love of learning.
    • Provide clear pathways to high school and college.


    EAST HARLEM (Grades K-6)

    220 East 106th Street New York, NY 10029 Tel: (212) 534-9667 


    3120 Corlear Avenue Bronx, NY 10463 Tel: (646) 802-1140 

    INWOOD (Grades K-4)

    532 W 215th Street New York, NY 10029 Tel: (929) 299-1595

    KINGSBRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8) *Located at Inwood Campus

    532 W 215th Street New York, NY 10029 Tel: (929) 299-1595