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 Tuesday, May 22, 2018
For many students, transitioning from middle school to high school is a challenge. Navigating a new environment, managing a heavier workload, adjusting to more independence and less structure – it’s a lot to handle. Harlem Academy’s High School Week helps prepare eighth-graders for what is often an obstacle-laden path. Held twice during the spring trimester of eighth grade, High School Week serves as an entry to life in high school. “It’s an eye-opening experience for our students,” said Sean...
Tags: secondary school, innovative best practices
Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Visiting educators discuss the Singapore math program with our seventh-grade students.
Visiting educators discuss the Singapore math program with our seventh-grade students. In 2008, Harlem Academy was the first school in Manhattan to adopt the innovative Singapore math curriculum. Recognized for its effectiveness in building skills and retention, the program focuses in greater depth on fewer core concepts than traditional math programs. Our student performance has shown inspiring results. Scores on standardized tests continue to rise, and more than one third of our students...
Tags: innovative best practices
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ms. Viele leading a daily reading discussion. Students hold up one finger up to add to a peer’s statement and two fingers to change the subject.
Ms. Viele leading a daily reading discussion. Students hold up one finger up to add to a peer’s statement and two fingers to change the subject. How do you teach third graders to think across texts or to use literature to engage each other in the classroom? Harlem Academy’s third grade teacher Alexis Viele uses a method called shared inquiry to hone these skills and habits. During 30 minute reading discussions each morning, students sit together in small groups. They practice discussion...
Tags: reading, lower school, innovative best practices
Harlem Academy's guiding principles are a written articulation of the values that have helped the school to achieve its strong results to date and will help us to become even stronger going forward. These principles are posted throughout the school and infused into every aspect of our work. Model: We live the school pillars and creed knowing that we create a powerful lever for change when we model the habits we seek to develop in our students and commit to working with common purpose toward...
Tags: innovative best practices