Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2021
As we share our new Annual Report, it is staggering to pause and reflect on this past year. We are so proud of what Harlem Academy has accomplished, from pivoting our program in response to the pandemic to ensuring that every family received individualized support. Our students and alumni demonstrated drive and determination, and our community came together with strength and resilience in ways big and small. The impact speaks for itself: Read about more of Harlem Academy’s most recent...
Tags: permanent campus, innovative best practices, secondary school
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 Tuesday, October 13, 2020
As schools in New York City grapple with reopening, and inequities in access to quality education deepen, Harlem Academy has taken the lead on both counts. Our mission to drive equity of opportunity is more critical than ever. Harlem Academy’s pandemic response is a fully virtual model, with most students learning from home and about 25 students accessing instruction on-site. We are taking every measure to ensure that our students continue to thrive at the highest academic levels.    ...
Tags: family partnership, innovative best practices, middle school, staff
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2020
Dear Friends,   Today marks Harlem Academy’s 17th opening day!   Our mission to guide students to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world was on full display – even though classes were held remotely with only a few small pods of students working from school.   Our COVID-19 Response Plan focuses on safety, wellness, academic growth, and partnership, and I’m so proud of how our students, teachers, families, and staff worked together to ensure a successful...
Tags: family partnership, innovative best practices, staff
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 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...
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