Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020
  Dear Friend, How much growth can happen in a year?   From small steps repeated to major leaps forward, it’s gratifying to see the amount of progress that can occur when a rigorous curriculum and joyful environment are coupled with motivated students, involved parents, dedicated teachers, and committed supporters all working together.   This is why our students gain an average of 16 points on nationally standardized tests by eighth grade and graduate in the 90th percentile. And it’s the...
Tags: supporters, college, donors, secondary school, trustees
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 Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Dear Friends:  I am pleased to announce the launch of Future Leaders: The Capital Campaign for Harlem Academy, a $30 million campaign to fund construction of a permanent campus in Central Harlem. In 2004, this school was just the seed of an idea. With your help, what began as 12 children in a church basement is now 125 students in first through eighth grade.  Today, Harlem Academy is recognized nationally for its best practices. Our students show tremendous growth, with graduates moving on...
Tags: supporters, permanent campus, trustees, capital campaign
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018
This fall marks Harlem Academy’s 15th year. As I pause to reflect on what makes this anniversary – this place – significant, I come back to our relentless commitment to drive equity of opportunity for promising children, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels. As we celebrate the school's success over the years and look forward to the future, I am reminded that it is the people – our students, families, faculty, administrators, trustees, volunteers, and donors – who make Harlem...
Tags: donors, supporters, trustees
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 Wednesday, April 5, 2017
John Belizaire is a managing partner at the private equity firm NextStage LLC and a Senior Industry Advisor for Guidewire Software. He brings to the board extensive experience in business development and marketing, and hopes to help the school broaden its base of supporters. His involvement at Harlem Academy includes helping to develop the entrepreneurship club, and spending several afternoons on campus working with students on their projects. Doug Griebel is the...
Tags: trustees
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Bich, Thomas, Toporek
Harlem Academy is pleased to welcome Bruno Bich, Hillary Thomas, and Michael Toporek to the school's board of trustees.  Bruno Bich, Hillary Thomas, and Michael Toporek Bruno Bich is chairman of the board of the BIC Group. He began his career in corporate finance and investment banking before joining BIC, where he was instrumental in building the company’s U.S. franchise, which now represents more than 50% of the group’s sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from New York...
Tags: trustees