Our Story

Born out of a genuine concern for the inability of the children  and families in our communities to access a quality educational experience, Sofara International was created to offer an alternative approach to the education empowerment model for Harlem’s children.  It has been our objective from day one to build a school that not only helps break the school to prison pipeline, but that offers our children the rich and diverse international experiences and exposure they will need to succeed in a future, technology-driven, global community.

 Quel est SICS?

Nous sommes une prospecte International Charter School de la ville de New York  demandant  l’autorisation de NYSED d’être fondée dans la  Communauté scolaire du district 5 (CSD5). Situé dans le quartier historique de Harlem, CSD5 est dans le centre de la culture américaine avec beaucoup de ressources à portée de main pour développer les esprits curieux. Venez nous rejoindre sur notre expédition d’apprentissage et de voir combien votre enfant ira loin!

Quelle est la différence?

<span=” style=”font-size: 11pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: Arial;”>”The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of in international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” “Le Baccalauréat International vise à développer la curiosité intellectuelle, les connaissances et la sensibilité nécessaires pour contribuer à créer un monde meilleur et plus paisible, dans la compréhension interculturelle et le respect. À cette fin, l’organisation travaille avec les écoles, les gouvernements et les organisations internationales pour élaborer des programmes de stimulants dans l’éducation internationale  et l’évaluation rigoureuse. Ces programmes encouragent les élèves à travers le monde à devenir des apprenants actifs, emplit de compassion et apprenants de toute une vie qui comprennent que d’autres personnes, avec leurs différences, peuvent également être juste “. ~ La Déclaration IB Mission, IBO.org Le Baccalauréat International (IB) du modèle éducatif, qui est normalement réservé aux élèves des écoles privées, offre des possibilités passionnantes pour les enfants des écoles publiques et fournirait une nouvelle façon de voir qui ils sont, comment les interrelie du monde, et leur place en son sein.

A School Based on Solid Research

Our strategic approach has always been to model Sofara International after progressive educational programs that demonstrate the qualities and achievements we would like to offer and see present for the children whom become future Sofara ambassadors.  Through our extensive research and collaboration with other highly invested parents, educators, community leaders, politicians and industry experts, it became clear that to accomplish our mission we needed to put in place a new way to teach and learn. As such, the International Baccalaureate program was chosen as the best educational vehicle to embody Sofara’s principles, as we journey toward our higher goal.

Together We Can Make a Difference

So, in partnership with many key stakeholders right here in the Harlem community, Sofara International has boldy envisioned and designed the strategic framework of a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate World School for our children. After years of research and development, Sofara International is not only an educational concept that obliterates the often feared, prison pipeline, but it offers a true voice, promise and of opportunity to an entire community of children. They will have greater access to a world class, global education, in their own community. Our dual language program of choice is French (adding enrichment languages as we grow such as Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish).

Sofara International’s application will be submitted to the The Board of Regents through NYSED for authorization to open our doors in the Fall of 2018.

Please participate in the opening of Sofara International Charter School by signing our community petition of support. You may leave feedback on our proposal in the comments box even if you choose not to support our proposal.  For more information about the school, to add comments, or to ask questions, please email us at info@sofarainternational.org.

The Sofara Enrollment and Feedback survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9JMLL77

Is amazing opportunity to have a charters school it really help ours children…. .

Ramona Reyes

In Full Support

Tracy Smith

Sofara International would be a great addition this wonderful community that I belong too. It prepare our children for the future and ensure that our children will be leaders in the global community.

Alicia Soto