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Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Preparing to go from secondary school to college is an exciting time for our alumni, but it can also feel overwhelming. There are applications to complete, essays to write, standardized tests to take, costs to consider, and much more. Harlem Academy’s College Camp offers our alumni the targeted support they need to get into top colleges. “This is not an initiative you’d traditionally see at an elementary/middle school, but realizing our mission means extending beyond success here at Harlem...
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Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017
Before coming to Harlem Academy, Wassa Bagayoko ’13 was not being pushed to reach her potential. At Harlem Academy, she found the challenge she was seeking and thrived academically. She graduated with a full scholarship to the prestigious Chapin School. Now Wassa is enrolled as a freshman at Brown University. In her Harlem Academy application, Wassa’s former elementary teachers recognized her academic abilities, but lamented not having the means to help her thrive. “Wassa is one of the most...
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Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Harlem Academy alumni continue to contribute and lead in their communities. We caught up with some recent graduates to hear how they are making their mark. This fall, Mariah Bell ’13 enrolled as a freshman at New York University. After graduating from Harlem Academy, Mariah quickly became a leader at the Hotchkiss School, where her extracurricular roles included serving as head of Students for Environmental Action, board member of the astronomy club, and co-leader of Café, an affinity group...
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Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017
As a Harlem Academy student, Jose Mencia ’14 wanted to attend boarding school, but his performance in middle school was not quite strong enough to earn a scholarship. He enrolled at a college-prep Catholic high school in the Bronx but refused to give up on his dream. Jose stayed in contact with his mentors at Harlem Academy, found allies to support him at his high school, and worked hard to improve his grades. This fall he earned that scholarship and enrolled at the Canterbury School in New...
Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Harlem Academy guides our students to thrive at the highest academic levels.  Miles Williams ’16 was not challenged by his former school, so he came to Harlem Academy.  Now he is attending one of the most challenging schools in the nation.  We caught up with him in his freshman year at Lawrenceville to see how Harlem Academy prepared him. Miles explores the library at Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville’s bucolic campus, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is a far cry from the repurposed...
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Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017
Three members of the Class of 2016 now attending rigorous day and boarding schools reflect on how Harlem Academy prepared them to succeed in their challenging new environments.
Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Harlem Academy alumni continue to contribute and lead in their communities.  We caught up with some recent graduates to hear how they are making their mark. Joel Mentor '13Joel Mentor ’13 has played ultimate Frisbee since his freshman year at Riverdale Country School. Now a senior, Joel was selected as captain of the team. “I have to plan and run our practices, team meetings, and social functions,” he says. “Ultimate doesn’t have referees, so I have to work with the other team’s captain to...
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Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016
First graders greet guests at the 2016 Spring Benefit.
First graders greet guests at the 2016 Spring Benefit.Harlem Academy held its annual Spring Benefit on April 28, 2016, raising more than $1 million towards scholarship support. This was the most successful event in the school’s history. The evening featured guest of honor, Clifford Alexander, a prominent civil rights adviser, who served as Secretary of the Army under President Carter and Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President Johnson. While introducing him,...
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Harlem Academy Class of 2015
Harlem Academy Class of 2015 Last Friday, we celebrated our fourth commencement and welcomed 14 new members of the alumni into the ranks.          After thanking the families for their partnership in the work with their students, Head of School Vinny Dotoli invited the class to lead the program. In front of students, families, supporters, and staff, each graduate introduced one of their classmates, capturing reflections from their teachers and families about how they had grown during their...
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wassa Bagayoko '13 on the left. Photo courtesy of Jin Lee and the 9/11 Memorial.
Wassa Bagayoko '13 on the left. Photo courtesy of Jin Lee and the 9/11 Memorial. On Monday May 18, Harlem Academy alumna Wassa Bagayoko graduated from a special internship program for high school students at the 9/11 Museum. The 9/11 Museum’s Ambassador Program provides 10th through 12th graders with an in depth, semester-long look into the events of 9/11 and their commemoration. Students participate in seminars on what led up to the terrorist attacks, the aftermath, as well as the museum’s...
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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ruby first grade
Ruby Avila started at Harlem Academy in first grade with a determined attitude. She quickly emerged as a productive and popular member of the class. By the end of second grade, she was thriving within our rigorous, engaging environment and earning strong grades. Then in 2009, Ruby’s mom Luisa Sanchez came to us with difficult news. As much as her family loved Harlem Academy, a job transfer required that they relocate to a small town outside of Albany. We bid farewell to Ruby, confident that...