Academic Calendar

Welcome to DPHHS Monthly Newsletter. Here you will be able to find upcoming events, announcements, highlights, pictures and more. 

A Message from the Leadership Team

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that the school year is entering its final laps. All four grades have had the opportunity to travel the world, almost all of our seniors have decided on the college of their choice, and scholars have spent 31 weeks pushing themselves academically to end the year strong. Trimester 3 is worth 47% of your scholars’ grade. There is still time to make substantial growth for the remainder of this year.

Now, our biggest focus will be on preparing for the June Regents. Scholars at Democracy Prep have the unique opportunity to receive Regents preparation classes on Saturdays leading up to the tests. These are mandatory for all Regents scholars (all 9th, 10th, 11th, plus 12th graders in Korean & Physics or 12th graders making up for extensive absences throughout the year). Dates and times are below:

5/18: Regents Prep Saturday 1 9 am – 1 pm

6/02: Regents Prep Saturday 2 9 am – 1 pm

6/08: Regents Prep Saturday 3  9 am – 1 pm

6/15: Regents Prep Saturday 4 9 am – 1 pm

Scholars must be in their seats by 9:00 am. Scholars will be allowed to dress down on Saturday Regents Prep days. While this is exciting, it also places greater responsibility on scholars to meet expectations regarding dress down attire. Scholars are well aware of what dress down expectations are given they have been the same throughout the year. Please support your scholar in making responsible decisions in regards to outfit choices. Scholars must wear jeans/pants that are of appropriate fit and shirts/hoodies that fully cover the mid-drift, are not deep V-necks, and do not contain inappropriate text/graphics. Additionally, scholars must wear sneakers, flats, or shoes that have secure backs. Heels, slip-ons, and sandals are not appropriate due to building-wide safety concerns. Scholars who attend every Saturday, arrive on time, meet these expectations, and work hard during Saturday Regents Prep will earn opportunities for the end of the year.

Please prioritize making sure your scholar attends Saturday Regents Prep and studies for the upcoming exams. As always, please reach out to Leadership with any questions or concerns. Let’s end the year strong!

Mr. Rooney, Ms. Sanchez, and Mr. Adib


Upcoming Events

Click here to see the May school calendar for details, and don’t forget to mark your personal calendars!

Illustration by Matthew Vidmar, VIsual Arts Elective Teacher

Theatre Productions  

The 2019 Theatre Production is officially upon us!  For the FIRST time in Democracy Prep Theatre History (!!), the esteemed Theatre Department will be featuring short plays written by our very own DPHHS juniors and seniors!  The performance will feature the plays of Michael Eagan (Class of 2023), Jy’Asia Dunn (Class of 2023), Mijhani Asare (Class of 2024), Brian Corry III and Eliana Diaz (Class of 2024), and Julvon Smith in collaboration with Mamadi Cisse (Class of 2024).  Nyashia Hughes’ (Class of 2023) Change The World project, her original short film VIOLET, will also premiere at the performances.  This is certainly an event you will not want to miss!  Specific show times are listed below:

  • Friday, 5/10 6:00PM (the DPHMS Improv Troupe will be opening for us with 45 mins of entertainment at this performance!)
  • Saturday, 5/11 2:30PM
  • Saturday, 5/11 6:30PM

All shows will take place in the DPHMS Gymnasium located on Level A of DPHMS at 207 West 133rd Street.

Main Office Reminders & Updates

Scholar Metrocard Policy & Procedures



Details for all steps to success can be accessed in the Main Office Google Classroom. All transportation inquiries can be sent to Ms. Hewitt, the Senior Campus Registrar


Family & Scholar Admin Service Requests
Enrollment Verification Letters & Scholar Records

Administrative  requests can be  made by completing the following  request forms:

Request processing generally takes about 24-48 hours. Scholars can also access these request forms in the Main Office Google Classroom. 


Encourage Your Scholar to Get to School, and On Time Every Day 


 Frequent absences hinders scholars progress and subtracts the time necessary for their educational needs. Scholars should not accumulate more than 3 absences in 1 Trimester. Each scholar, with the support of their family, should successfully aim for 100% attendance and punctuality.

Students should be in the building no later than 7:43 AM and in their Homeroom seats no later than 7:45 AM. Harlem High’s policy does not excuse absences, but they MUST be verified with a doctor’s note or notice of emergency to the attention of our Attendance Chief, Ms. Veras.

If your scholar will be absent, please reach out to the Attendance Chief, Ms. Veras to share the update: 347 – 501- 1529/ and the notice from their doctor’s visit or family emergency.

Questions and concerns can be shared with the Senior Registrar, Ms. Hewitt via email at
College Cornerstone

College Financial Aid Night for 11th Graders will be happening on Wednesday, May 22nd. Be sure to attend this event and to bring your 2018 tax returns. Inquiries can be emailed to our College Counselor,  Mr. Jones at:

Social Work Hub

During the school year, work permits are distributed by our Social Work team: Ms. O’Donnell and Ms. Johnson. Scholars would need to email them to schedule a visit to their office during the school day to receive the actual work permit (requests generally take 48 hours to complete if scholars have submitted all necessary forms). Over the summer, the Main Office handles all work permit request.The actual work permit applications can be found:

  1. On our school’s website, on the Resources” page
  2. In the Scholar Main Office Classroom Drive (access code: rrnafj) inside the Student Work Permit folder

Here are the steps scholars should follow for success:

* Print the work permit application
* Have your parents fill out the parental portion of the application
* Bring in the required documents 
—Birth Certificate
—Social Security Card copy
—Most recent Student Health Examination Form

With these documents and completed application listed above, our Social Work Team will be able to process your scholar’s application request. 

Scholars may request a copy of their Birth Certificate and Student Health Examination Form (if submitted to the Registrar as required for the school year), by completing the 

Requests made on this form will be processed in 24-48 hours. Scholars should plan in advance for their needs. Scholars may only pick up requested documents in 24-48 of their submission, during AM/PM HR. 

Scholars who have turned 16, and need an updated permit, should submit a new Student Health Examination form to the Main Office and to the School Social Work Team. Send an email to the Social Work Team expressing their need for an updated card, and ask when your scholar can stop by to pick up a new permit.

Scholars who have lost their work permit, should email the Social Work Team expressing their need, and ask when they can stop by to pick up a replacement permit.


Please reach out to Ms. Johnson and Ms. O’Donnell with any questions
9th Grade
Reminder that Trimester 3 is worth a high percentage of 9th Graders’ overall grade. Scholars can stay at Study Table, find assignments on Google Classroom, and reach out to their advisors and teachers for support. The 9th Grade family is here to support all scholars to finish Trimester 3 strong! Check-out some highlights from this month below!

DAY OF SERVICE: Our 9th Graders participated in their first DPHHS Community Service Day! We help clean up Roosevelt Island, and gardened on Central Park!  Scholars loved bonding together with each other scholars and their advisory.

GETTING GRITTY IN TRIMESTER 3: Check-out these scholars getting gritty in Trimester 3 during lunch, while still enjoying time with their friends!

CATCH PHRASE: Homerooms bonded together and played some riveting Catch Phrase before heading off into Spring Break! 

10th Grade

10th grade had a busy past month with loads of academic successes, grit, and extracurriculars! Check out some highlights below!

Town Hall!Our scholars have been spreading joy and getting competitive in their Town Hall activities! This past month, we have had a Catch Phrase game in homeroom and this week we will be having a Uno Competition!
Day of Service!We kicked off April by getting out into the community and supporting a variety of causes! Check out 10th graders below in Ms. Curry’s advisory!
Getting Gritty!With just a few weeks left of academic classes before testing, our scholars in the 10th grade are prepping for 4 major regents exams in June. Look out for 4 Saturday Regents Prep sessions to get extra tutoring and practice before these big exams!
11th Grade

A select group of juniors were chosen to attend the CTW International Trip to Korea. Scholars chosen to attend this trip got to partake in the very culture and traditions our school is founded upon. View photos from this adventure below:


Sharks are gearing up for their annual Town Hall Olympic Season! This is an annual tradition were scholars come together to show their pride in their homeroom and also our school community as a whole. 

Finally, a point of achievement for our Juniors was taking the SATs last month. Our scholars started out in October with 54% of scholars making median scores. Through hard work and concerted effort, our scholars were able to raise that number to 69%! This translated to increased opportunities for our juniors and that is truly something to be proud of! Be sure to attend the financial aid night event hosted by our College Counselor, Mr. Jones to learn the steps to prep for college.

12th Grade
As the end of year quickly approaches, keep your eyes out for more information about Prom, Senior Awards, and Graduation! Here is a look back at what our senior did in April!

16 members of our 12th grade class embarked on their final DPHHS International Trip to South Africa over the Spring Break. Activities included a safari, touring Soweto and Nelson Mandela’s home, and zip lining! (more photos below).

On April 5th, the seniors went on their final Day of Service trip.  Service projects included working in food pantries, reading with elementary school children, cleaning riversides and parks. The seniors provided great leadership and one trip was even led by Lejla Muharemovic!

Scholars are working hard to complete their Change the World project! Final presentations are the week of May 20th. Scholars will come in at select times to present their project to a panel of judges who will grade them on public speaking skills and the quality of their project.  

Staff Contact List 

Always be in the know about your scholar’s progress. Stay connect with our team and teachers!