Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted by Jade Morton-Alexander ‘16 on Thursday, June 25, 2020
I came to Harlem Academy as a shy first grader, and being able to spend all eight years there has made a big difference in my life. My teachers always encouraged me to challenge myself. And they did it in a way that made me feel accepted for who I was. My shyness was never treated as a negative; they simply helped me gain the confidence to come out of my shell. When you spend years in a school community that is so supportive, it’s normal to wonder if high school will be the same. I’ll admit...
Tags: alumni, college, leadership
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, August 8, 2019
September is right around the corner, and sixth-grader Amadu is looking forward to more than entering seventh grade. He’s also looking forward to seeing Tanner Powers again – his mentor at Harlem Academy for the past two years. “I really like working with him,” says Amadu. “He’s helpful, caring, and a really good person to talk to.” The two have built a close bond – one that benefits the mentor as much as the mentee. “I wanted a way to give back, and mentoring at Harlem Academy allows me to...
Tags: supporters, middle school, leadership
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019
Tara Eagan ‘12 found her voice at Harlem Academy and she’s using it to make a positive difference at her new home, the University of Rochester. Tara came to Harlem Academy with great potential but little experience grappling with advanced academics. It didn’t take her long to catch on and by eighth grade she was earning standardized test scores at the 92nd percentile.   However, Tara acquired more than a transformational education during her time with us; she also gained the confidence to be...
Tags: secondary school, alumni, leadership
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019
When Ariana Phillips ’17 has a goal, nothing will stop her from achieving it. Whether it’s starting a new club at school, learning Russian, or overcoming a challenge, this Andover sophomore continues to live our creed every day. I Take Opportunities to Lead Earlier this year, Ariana started her school’s first photography club, The Andover Edition, which melds her long-standing interest in photography with fashion and social media. She and other members photograph Andover students for the...
Tags: alumni, creed, leadership, secondary school, college
Posted by Malik Middleton ’18 on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Every spring, Harlem Academy’s eighth grade class visits Washington, D.C. to meet with some of our nation’s leaders. The four-day trip gives our students a tangible way to reflect on our country’s past and present – and to consider their role in its future. Here, one eighth grader shares his inspiring experience meeting Congressman John Lewis. Even before my classmates and I arrived at Congressman John Lewis’ office, I knew it would be an experience I’d never forget. However, I didn’t...
Tags: leadership, middle school, trips
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018
Impact
As a new school year begins, it’s wonderful to see the familiar faces of returning students and the fresh faces of our new class of first-graders. We have much to celebrate as we kick off a new year, from the tremendous achievement of our most recent graduating class of eighth-graders – 100% of whom are now attending selective secondary schools – to the fact that every one of our graduates is making a mark within their communities, including back here at Harlem Academy. Our students are...
Tags: leadership
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
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Schools and media outlets, particularly during Black History Month, often focus on past struggles when talking about communities of color. At a recent community meeting, our seventh graders wanted to take a more inspiring approach and celebrate the joyful moments that uplift the African-American community. “Black Joy” – the theme of the meeting – was the brainchild of 12-year-old Madisyn Cunningham. Harlem Academy’s weekly community meetings are inspired by the Quaker tradition and provide a...
Tags: leadership