Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Today, we were filled with pride as our eighth graders took the stage to receive their diplomas – a joyous achievement not only for our graduating students but also for our entire community. After such a challenging year, it was wonderful to have our graduates’ close family members and the teachers who have guided them throughout middle school be able to safely gather in person to honor the class of 2021. The full ceremony was livestreamed so that younger students, team members, and supporters...
Tags: alumni, middle school
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021
When Tanéyah Jolly ’16 came to Harlem Academy in the fifth grade, she embraced our rigorous curriculum and pushed herself to excel. Her academic accomplishments were matched by her strong character. “Showing compassion for others and having the integrity to do so selflessly are both important values in my life,” she says. “Harlem Academy taught me that.” Tanéyah just completed her freshman year at Princeton University – a hard-earned achievement. In the video below, she reflects on her past...
Tags: alumni, college
Posted on Friday, May 7, 2021
Congratulations to all of our future leaders! We are incredibly proud of our students from the class of 2021 and the class of 2017 for their secondary school and college placements. Each of our students and graduates has shown tremendous diligence and determination during this challenging year, and their hard work has paid off. We know they will thrive and continue to grow as they take this next step in their academic journeys.   Visit the Building Opportunity Campaign Page < Previous...
Tags: secondary school, college, alumni
Posted 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...
Tags: alumni, creed
Posted 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...
Tags: alumni, leadership
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Alumnus Miles Williams ’16 embraced leadership during his four years at Lawrenceville: captain of the rock climbing team, captain and co-president of the Quiz Bowl team, editor of the school magazine. When he saw an opportunity to motivate others, he took it. “Across all of my leadership positions, I wanted to share what I'd learned from my experiences,” says Miles. He hopes to do the same at Carnegie Mellon, where he is currently a freshman. “Right now, I'm mostly looking to do well in my...
Tags: alumni, college, leadership
Posted on Monday, November 2, 2020
Harlem Academy alumni are making their voices heard in the fight for social justice and equity, continuing to exercise the leadership skills they developed as students here. We caught up with a few of these young activists to hear how they are effecting change in their communities and making their mark on the world. A Safe Space for Students Arielle Benjamin ’17, a junior at Spence, is advocating for students of color at independent schools in New York City. Earlier this year, she connected...
Tags: alumni, leadership, creed
Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Earlier this year, Harlem Academy alumna Taneyah Jolly ‘16 shared wonderful news: her acceptance to Princeton University. “When I found out I got into Princeton, I was so excited,” she says. “It took a while for it to fully set in.” Taneyah had set the bar high since enrolling at Harlem Academy in fifth grade and really pushed herself when she was a student here – something her mother says stems from our rigorous curriculum and dedicated teachers. “Taneyah didn’t get the attention she needed...
Tags: alumni, college, creed
Posted by Jade Morton-Alexander ‘16 on Thursday, June 25, 2020
I came to Harlem Academy as a shy first grader, and being able to spend all eight years there has made a big difference in my life. My teachers always encouraged me to challenge myself. And they did it in a way that made me feel accepted for who I was. My shyness was never treated as a negative; they simply helped me gain the confidence to come out of my shell. When you spend years in a school community that is so supportive, it’s normal to wonder if high school will be the same. I’ll admit...
Tags: alumni, college, leadership
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2020
    When he was a student at Riverdale, Javin Michael ’15 took on many different roles. He was captain of the ultimate Frisbee team in his senior year. He was a member of the marine conservation club and the game theory club. He was active in the school’s theater and music program, working behind the scenes to help produce shows. And he was elected to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Student Advisory Council to offer advice regarding the Institute’s educational programs...
Tags: alumni, secondary school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Posted on Monday, November 25, 2019
It's here! Take a peek at the latest edition of the Harlem Academy Journal. Check out some of the special things happening at our school – alumni who are making a difference, the social power of literature, the meaning behind one of our most treasured traditions, and much more. Click on the image below to read the full magazine!    < Previous    |    All Blogs    |     Next >​
Tags: alumni, supporters, middle school, lower school
Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019
In September, as our eighth-graders began their final year at Harlem Academy, we knew that they would continue to demonstrate excellence and drive. Today, we couldn’t be prouder as they join our alumni community, filled with graduates who are making a difference as volunteers, leaders, and changemakers in their schools and communities. We’ve watched the Class of 2019 grow from promising young students to leaders who bring talent, determination, and strength of character to everything they do...
Tags: middle school, alumni
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019
Thank you for making Harlem Academy’s Spring Benefit such a success. Last night, more than 400 guests joined us at the Pierre, raising over $1 million toward scholarships and opening the door for promising students to fulfill their dreams. In his keynote address, Trustee W. Graham Cole shared what makes our students so special: “Our students have the intellectual power, the ambition, the desire to learn, and the strength of character that warrant opportunity in a nation that has always...
Tags: Spring Benefit, alumni, supporters, donors
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019
Tara Eagan ‘12 found her voice at Harlem Academy and she’s using it to make a positive difference at her new home, the University of Rochester. Tara came to Harlem Academy with great potential but little experience grappling with advanced academics. It didn’t take her long to catch on and by eighth grade she was earning standardized test scores at the 92nd percentile.   However, Tara acquired more than a transformational education during her time with us; she also gained the confidence to be...
Tags: secondary school, alumni, leadership
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019
When Ariana Phillips ’17 has a goal, nothing will stop her from achieving it. Whether it’s starting a new club at school, learning Russian, or overcoming a challenge, this Andover sophomore continues to live our creed every day. I Take Opportunities to Lead Earlier this year, Ariana started her school’s first photography club, The Andover Edition, which melds her long-standing interest in photography with fashion and social media. She and other members photograph Andover students for the...
Tags: alumni, creed, leadership, secondary school, college
Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018
“What do you remember about who you were at Harlem Academy?” That was the thought-provoking question that opened up our recent Homecoming Symposium: Alumni Panel Discussion on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity of Opportunity. Four alumni returned to share their journeys from Harlem Academy to secondary school and college, delving into experiences that have shaped them along the way. MiChelle Carpenter, dean of the class of 2020 at Grace Church School, led the conversation, prompting our alumni...
Tags: alumni, DEI
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Alexandria Brown ’14 and Anais Marston ’14 shared more than friendship when they were students at Harlem Academy – they also shared a love of science. As they prepare to begin their freshman year in college this fall – Alexandria at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Anais at Northeastern – the two continue to follow a similar path. Both plan to become engineers. Alexandria and Anais credit Harlem Academy with spurring their interest in the field. “I love doing challenging science...
Tags: alumni, secondary school, college, science, STEM
Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Figaro Art
While some students can’t wait to relax during summer break, Harlem Academy alumni look forward to internships and summer programs that allow them to pursue their interests, learn new skills, and give back to their community. We caught up with a few graduates to hear how they’re spending their summer. A Doctor in the Making Brandon Davis ‘15 is interning at Weill-Cornell's Department of Medicine ENT-Surgery, where he gets to observe patient care and surgeries while shadowing one of the...
Tags: alumni, college, secondary school, boarding school
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...
Tags: alumni, college
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...
Tags: alumni, science
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.
Tags: video, Spring Benefit, alumni
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 '13 Joel 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...
Tags: alumni
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...
Tags: Spring Benefit, alumni
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...
Tags: alumni
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...
Tags: alumni, history
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...
Tags: secondary school, alumni, family partnership