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Posted by on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Dear HA Community,   I walk through the park before the sun has fully risen. I return to my sleeping children, secure in their beds. We are safe at the start of a new day. But you know this because I am White.   My constructed race, along with my economic status, gender, and sexual orientation position me with freedom to do almost anything and fear almost nothing, while this video that my pastor shared on Sunday is a powerful reminder of how the institutions that guarantee my freedom are the Read more...
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Posted by on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Eighth grader Jah’si could barely contain his excitement as he dialed the number. “Mom, I was accepted!” he screamed into the phone. On the other end, his mother, Shanique Johnson, started to cry. She’d just received the same email with news of his acceptance and scholarship to Horace Mann. Ms. Johnson always knew that her son had the talent and determination to succeed. “He just needed to be challenged,” she says. “Harlem Academy was invested in him, and because of that I saw real growth Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Every Friday, something special happens at Harlem Academy. More than 100 students, teachers, parents, and staff gather online for a virtual Community Meeting – one of our most treasured traditions. These joyful celebrations serve as a powerful reminder that even though we’re apart, we are all in this together.   Our urgent Make Your Mark Campaign has raised $734,745 so far, but we have a long way to go. There are just six more weeks until the end of the campaign. Please give today and help us Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Several fourth-graders stood off to the side, anxiously watching as the rest of the lower school walked in and settled down on colored carpet squares placed in rows on the floor. Soon after, they took center stage and began their skit, a reenactment of the book “A Bad Case of Stripes.”   Buoyed by the crowd, the actors hit their stride, driving home the book’s themes of peer pressure and self esteem. “I was nervous at first,” recalls Mariah Savoy, who played the main character. “Afterward, Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, April 23, 2020
Alumnus Malik Figaro ’16 recently shared terrific news: he’s heading to Yale! “I was speechless,” he says. “I wasn't sure I'd get in, so I was shocked when I found out – and really happy.”  A True Partnership  Now a senior at Friends Seminary, Malik credits Harlem Academy with preparing him for this exciting moment. “Harlem Academy’s rigorous program, especially in English and math, pushed me to challenge myself and helped​ me to become more focused,” he says.  ​​​ While a student here, Read more...
Posted by 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 Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. Given the current circumstances, Harlem Academy has no choice but to cancel our critically important Spring Benefit, which covers 25% of annual expenses. To fill this funding gap, I am writing to ask you to contribute to an urgent $1.3 million campaign: Make Your Mark.   Over the past 16 years, I have been inspired not only by the resilience of our community but also by its generosity. Today, I am asking for your help because Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Walk through the halls of Harlem Academy and you’ll notice powerful messages displayed on every classroom door. Black and Proud, Beautiful are My People, and Loving Engagement were just a few of the inspiring mantras that students embraced as part of Harlem Academy’s Black History Month Showcase. For four weeks, students in all grades explored the 13 principles of the Black Lives Matter movement and developed projects to highlight them. The result was an exciting all-school showcase Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Anticipation filled the air as family and friends settled into their seats, waiting for each young poet to step onstage. The room was silent as eighth grader Tianna began her recitation, a deeply personal reflection on insecurity and depression.   Suddenly, she removed the microphone from its stand and roamed the stage, launching into an impassioned delivery that elicited spontaneous cheers and applause from the audience of family and friends. “Stop making me unsure if I could ever be Read more...
Posted by 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 Read more...

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