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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...
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Vocabulary deficit is a hallmark of poverty, and a major challenge for promising students trying to compete with their more affluent peers. Harlem Academy’s focused instruction guides students to grow their vocabulary, positioning them to access top high schools and colleges. Our last three graduating classes gained an average of 14 points in vocabulary test scores during middle school, putting them in the 96th percentile of the nation. "We get the students to do the legwork to gain an...
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...
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...