Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
As the lights dimmed, Nadine Hertzog closed her eyes and listened to the soft music. She breathed deeply and felt her body relax. This must be how my son feels every morning in class, she thought. In those few calming minutes, Ms. Hertzog experienced the same daily meditation that her third-grader, Kadin, enjoys at Harlem Academy – thanks to the “Coffee Connection” meeting on meditation that she attended before heading to work. “Now I know what to do if Kadin is feeling stressed at home. I can...
Tags: innovative best practices, family partnership
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 even...
Tags: family partnership, creed
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016
HA students
A choice like no other in this community “I had my child in five schools before we found Harlem Academy. None of them were pushing my son to grow. The situation in my district, it was just sad.” - Fifth grade parent All New York City parents know the stress of finding the right school for their children. In Harlem, the South Bronx, and Washington Heights, however, the challenge is even greater. More than 80% of local students are failing, and local public and charter schools must focus on...
Tags: family partnership, school choice
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