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Posted by on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
We are excited to welcome Joshua Easterly to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Josh is a co-founding partner and co-president of Sixth Street, a $52 billion alternative asset manager. In addition, Josh serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Sixth Street Specialty Lending, Inc., a publicly traded specialty finance company.    Prior to co-founding Sixth Street, Josh was a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Americas Special Situations Group, which invested Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Thursday, April 29, 2021
Dear Friends,  At a recent Community Meeting, a second grader shared, "I know it’s been hard…but we can get through this together.” I often find it’s these small moments that most powerfully reveal our community’s resilience and perseverance. I hope you’ll watch the video below, which highlights students, families, and teachers embodying this sentiment.    I’m so proud that the academic rigor, joy, engagement, and connectedness that define Harlem Academy are as strong as ever, despite Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
As a freshman at Ithaca College, Maya Scriven ’16 is determined to use her creativity to amplify people’s voices – including her own. “I have always been an advocate for social justice, and I want to share the untold stories,” she says. Maya plans to major in film and television so she can give those narratives a platform. “I love telling stories through dialogue, camera angles, and editing techniques. Whether on my phone or a Canon Rebel T3i camera, I always have the record button on standby Read more...
Tags: alumni, creed
Posted by on Thursday, March 25, 2021
Each week, seventh grader Sofia, an avid reader, can’t wait for Thursdays to arrive. That’s when she gets to talk with her mentor Betsy Michel, a Harlem Academy trustee, about the book they’re both reading. The latest is “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah.  The two have formed their own book club of sorts, with Ms. Michel mailing Sofia copies of their upcoming picks. “One of the best things about mentoring is sharing our book recommendations, reading together, and talking about the books,” says Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Every year, after working closely with professional poets as part of Harlem Academy’s Visiting Poets Program, our sixth and eighth graders look forward to taking the stage and reciting their original pieces in front of a cheering audience. While they couldn’t step onto a physical stage this year because of the pandemic, they were still able to step up to the mic – virtually.   With insight beyond their years, our students rose to the challenge and delivered powerful original poems during a Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, March 10, 2021
We are excited to welcome Avi Banyasz to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Avi is a partner and co-head of TPG Real Estate, the dedicated real estate equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG.  Prior to joining TPG Real Estate in 2011, Avi served as a managing principal of Westbrook Partners. At Westbrook, Avi had primary responsibility for investing in the United States, but additionally spent several years focused on Westbrook's Western European business. Prior to Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Tuesday, March 9, 2021
As we share our new Annual Report, it is staggering to pause and reflect on this past year. We are so proud of what Harlem Academy has accomplished, from pivoting our program in response to the pandemic to ensuring that every family received individualized support. Our students and alumni demonstrated drive and determination, and our community came together with strength and resilience in ways big and small. The impact speaks for itself: Read about more of Harlem Academy’s most recent Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Dear Friends, During these difficult times, Harlem Academy has persevered, rising to the challenges of the past year to ensure that our students receive an exceptional education. We will keep pushing forward with the don’t-give-up spirit that is an anchoring principle of our School Creed. In order to meet our commitment to our families, we are launching the Building Opportunity Campaign to raise $1.2 million before June 30, 2021. This critical campaign will help us continue to provide our Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, February 16, 2021
First graders Carter and Nadia proudly present their class's Black History Month door decorations
As first graders Carter and Nadia stepped in front of their classroom door, older students gathered around to hear what they had to say. "I love my peach skin, curly hair, and brown eyes," Carter said, pointing to a photo of himself on the door. "I love that I'm a tall girl with curly braids," Nadia said about her photo. The two were Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, January 28, 2021
Harlem Academy alumna Madisyn Cunningham ’19 has always been a leader who stands up for what she believes in. Now, as a sophomore at Riverdale, she is having an even greater impact as co-founder of Black Students Demanding Change (BSDC), an organization working to implement racially equitable reform in private schools. “What started as a fun group chat for Black private school kids in New York City soon turned into a group of dedicated students ready to make change,” says Madisyn. “We amplify Read more...

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