Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2021
Dear Friends,  What a terrific first day of school! A feeling of celebration was in the air, and for good reason – we were all back together again. Today was incredibly important for Harlem Academy. It represented the determination our community has shown in navigating this difficult past year – continuously focusing on our mission to drive equity of opportunity no matter the challenge.   The rigor of our program and depth of support for students and families were as strong as ever during...
Tags: lower school, middle school, creed
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
One of Harlem Academy’s community pillars is initiative, and our alumni continue to live this principle long after graduation. They also strive to make the most of each day, which is part of our School Creed. During summer breaks, you’ll find many of our graduates pursuing their interests, learning new skills, and preparing for the future through internships and summer programs. We caught up with a few alumni to hear how they spent this summer.   Making a Mark with Math Brandon Davis ’15, a...
Tags: alumni, creed, summer
Posted 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...
Tags: Building Opportunity Campaign, creed, video
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 14, 2021
Amid the challenges of this year, it has been more important than ever to find ways to care for and support one another with compassion and love. Guided by April Frazier, Harlem Academy’s mindfulness specialist, we make time each day for meditation to decompress, release stress and anxiety, and refocus.   A brief meditation has become the norm for opening staff meetings, closing Community Meetings, and resetting focus in class. “My goal is to help our students and staff reconnect to their...
Tags: family partnership, creed, innovative best practices, lower school, middle school
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 on Thursday, June 4, 2020
In cities and towns across this country, people are coming together to demand justice and accountability, even in the face of a pandemic. When each of us stands up and speaks out for Black lives, we demonstrate the love and care we have for one another and our resolve to never stop fighting for justice, equity, and basic humanity. Perhaps no lines from Harlem Academy’s School Creed resonate more in this heartbreaking and critical moment than these two: “I care for my community” and “I don’t...
Tags: creed, lower school, middle school, video
Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Dear HA Community,   I walk through the park before the sun has fully risen. I return to my sleeping children, secure in their beds. We are safe at the start of a new day. But you know this because I am White.   My constructed race, along with my economic status, gender, and sexual orientation position me with freedom to do almost anything and fear almost nothing, while this video that my pastor shared on Sunday is a powerful reminder of how the institutions that guarantee my freedom are the...
Tags: creed, DEI
Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Several fourth-graders stood off to the side, anxiously watching as the rest of the lower school walked in and settled down on colored carpet squares placed in rows on the floor. Soon after, they took center stage and began their skit, a reenactment of the book “A Bad Case of Stripes.”   Buoyed by the crowd, the actors hit their stride, driving home the book’s themes of peer pressure and self esteem. “I was nervous at first,” recalls Mariah Savoy, who played the main character. “Afterward,...
Tags: lower school, middle school, creed
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 Friday, April 7, 2017
The school creed provides a starting point for habit-building at school, but parents tell us that they see their children live by the creed at home, as well. We asked what this looks like. Ilaura Walker's children bring the creed home, and now the whole family uses it in conversations. Ilaura Walker, mother of fourth grader Shane and first grader Ava “I picked Ava up from school one day, and she told me she had been talking about compassion and integrity with one of her classmates. She...
Tags: family partnership, creed