Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Alexandria Brown ’14 and Anais Marston ’14 shared more than friendship when they were students at Harlem Academy – they also shared a love of science. As they prepare to begin their freshman year in college this fall – Alexandria at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Anais at Northeastern – the two continue to follow a similar path. Both plan to become engineers. Alexandria and Anais credit Harlem Academy with spurring their interest in the field. “I love doing challenging science...
Tags: alumni, secondary school, college, science, STEM
Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Harlem Academy guides our students to thrive at the highest academic levels.  Miles Williams ’16 was not challenged by his former school, so he came to Harlem Academy.  Now he is attending one of the most challenging schools in the nation.  We caught up with him in his freshman year at Lawrenceville to see how Harlem Academy prepared him. Miles explores the library at Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville’s bucolic campus, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is a far cry from the repurposed...
Tags: alumni, science
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Misa and Kyle practice their emergency medicine skills. 
Should you find yourself stranded on a desert island choking on a coconut, or lost deep in the woods with a gash in your leg, you’d better hope that you’re with Harlem Academy students. Misa and Kyle practice their emergency medicine skills.“Our human biology curriculum pushes them far beyond a typical middle school course with engagement around anatomy and physiology,” says science teacher Meredith Philbin. “Most students don’t see this until high school or college.” A semester-long...
Tags: middle school, science
Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
Recent Harlem Academy graduate, Malik, was the only student from NYC to place in the Dupont Science Challenge.
Malik was the only student from NYC to place in the DuPont Science Challenge. Recent graduate Malik Figaro '16 was recognized with honorable mention in the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition for his research paper he wrote while attending Harlem Academy.  The competition is one of the foremost science contests for K-12 students, receiving more than 9,000 submissions.  Students are asked to write a 700- to 1,000-word essay in one of four categories: food, energy, protection, and...
Tags: science, STEM, writing
Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016
Led by Dr. Farrell, RayJon inspects a water sample under a microscope from Lake George to identify various forms of plankton.
It’s 2 p.m. on Thursday in Troy, New York. A group of Harlem Academy fifth and sixth graders are coding a robotic car to navigate the angles, turns, and distances needed to exit a maze. A group of seventh and eighth graders are using laser thermometers to measure the effect of different insulation methods in models they built. Another group is aboard a boat on Lake George testing water samples for zooplankton and sodium under the supervision of leading freshwater scientists. These are just a...
Tags: science, middle school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
3D model build by a Harlem Academy student
Yesterday, the grade-eight class visited the Rafael Viñoly Architects studio to present projects to a panel of architects. During the past five weeks of science class, students have been working on creating architecture projects with professional architects. Each student was tasked with designing a 400 square foot building for an existing open lot at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue that could serve the community. First, students developed a concept design, then they created perspective...
Tags: middle school, architecture, science, STEM
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014
Harlem Academy fourth graders perform an experiment about surface tension on a penny for Dr. Jackson.
Harlem Academy fourth graders perform an experiment about surface tension on a penny for Dr. Jackson. Time magazine dubbed Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson as, “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science.” She is the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT. For Harlem Academy, Dr. Jackson has been a long-time supporter and a partner in the growth of our science...
Tags: science, trips, STEM