Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Every Friday, something special happens at Harlem Academy. More than 100 students, teachers, parents, and staff gather online for a virtual Community Meeting – one of our most treasured traditions. These joyful celebrations serve as a powerful reminder that even though we’re apart, we are all in this together.   Our urgent Make Your Mark Campaign has raised $734,745 so far, but we have a long way to go. There are just six more weeks until the end of the campaign. Please give today and help us...
Tags: Make Your Mark Campaign, donors, supporters
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020
Alumnus Malik Figaro ’16 recently shared terrific news: he’s heading to Yale! “I was speechless,” he says. “I wasn't sure I'd get in, so I was shocked when I found out – and really happy.”  A True Partnership  Now a senior at Friends Seminary, Malik credits Harlem Academy with preparing him for this exciting moment. “Harlem Academy’s rigorous program, especially in English and math, pushed me to challenge myself and helped​ me to become more focused,” he says.  ​​​ While a student here,...
Tags: Make Your Mark Campaign, donors, supporters
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020
    Students eagerly raised their hands during literature studies class, ready to answer questions. Fifth grade teacher Tia Clemons beamed as she looked at their joyful faces on her computer screen. “It felt just like our regular class,” she says.    Earlier this spring, Harlem Academy students and teachers transitioned to distance learning and turned virtual classrooms into a place where engaging instruction and student participation continue to flourish.    “Our focus today is the same...
Tags: Make Your Mark Campaign, donors, supporters, innovative best practices
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. Given the current circumstances, Harlem Academy has no choice but to cancel our critically important Spring Benefit, which covers 25% of annual expenses. To fill this funding gap, I am writing to ask you to contribute to an urgent $1.3 million campaign: Make Your Mark.   Over the past 16 years, I have been inspired not only by the resilience of our community but also by its generosity. Today, I am asking for your help because...
Tags: Make Your Mark Campaign, donors, supporters
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020
  Dear Friend, How much growth can happen in a year?   From small steps repeated to major leaps forward, it’s gratifying to see the amount of progress that can occur when a rigorous curriculum and joyful environment are coupled with motivated students, involved parents, dedicated teachers, and committed supporters all working together.   This is why our students gain an average of 16 points on nationally standardized tests by eighth grade and graduate in the 90th percentile. And it’s the...
Tags: supporters, college, donors, secondary school, trustees
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Tom and Sera Reycraft first became involved at Harlem Academy in 2006 and have remained among our most committed supporters. Since 2009, Tom has served on the board of trustees and has chaired the committee on trustees, playing a key role in shaping the school’s growth and success during the last decade. A SPECIAL CONNECTION Harlem Academy’s mission to drive equity of opportunity resonated on a personal level for Tom. “My father was given an opportunity to attend a private independent day...
Tags: supporters, donors, trustees, leadership
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019
The Answer: 655 St. Nicholas Avenue!  I am thrilled to announce that Future Leaders: The Capital Campaign for Harlem Academy has crossed the 90% threshold, having raised $28.4 million toward the $31 million budget. Last night, our Board of Trustees authorized a critical step toward the construction of our permanent campus – the selection of the project’s construction manager.   Our new, permanent home will allow us to double in size, expanding our impact from 120 to 240 students. We will add...
Tags: capital campaign, permanent campus, donors, supporters
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 Friday, December 14, 2018
This fall marks Harlem Academy’s 15th year. As I pause to reflect on what makes this anniversary – this place – significant, I come back to our relentless commitment to drive equity of opportunity for promising children, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels. As we celebrate the school's success over the years and look forward to the future, I am reminded that it is the people – our students, families, faculty, administrators, trustees, volunteers, and donors – who make Harlem...
Tags: donors, supporters, trustees
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 Thursday, April 19, 2018
Thank you for making Harlem Academy’s Spring Benefit such a success. More than 400 guests joined us at The Pierre on April 18th, raising over $1 million toward scholarships. Your support provides a transformational opportunity that prepares our students to become tomorrow’s leaders.  You can revisit a few favorite moments from last night by checking out our photo gallery and video, “Harlem Academy: Developing Future Leaders.” Don Lemon poses with eighth graders Malik, Essence, Alberto and...
Tags: leadership, trustees, Spring Benefit, donors