Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Volunteer plays chess with student
Head of School Vinny Dotoli recently sat down with Eric Eckholdt, executive director of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation, to talk about Credit Suisse’s partnership with Harlem Academy, its long-standing commitment to education, and the importance of providing opportunities for promising children from underserved communities.   Credit Suisse volunteers challenge our students to games of chess.   What is Credit Suisse Americas Foundation’s overall focus and what is your role? Credit...
Tags: chess, donors
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016
“Chess improves my focus,” says eighth grader Miles. “Also my problem solving and time management.”Even for beginners, chess is more than just a game. It requires critical thinking, composure, and sportsmanship. Studies show that chess strengthens core academic skills.1 ”Chess teaches them to slow down and think before they do something,” says Alexis Viele, third grade teacher. “They consider the consequences before taking action, and have to deal with any mistakes that they make. These are...
Tags: chess, lower school, middle school, electives
Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015
This year, with the help of Chess NYC, Harlem Academy has set up a program to teach all of our students this classic game. National Chess Master Majur Juac leads classes with students from every grade, with each class meeting with him for one hour each week. Mr. Juac teaches students the basic rules of chess and then moves into strategy and maneuvers. Chess is a fun way to encourage planning, concentration, and problem solving. We have extended the program into next school year, adding an...
Tags: chess, electives