FUTURE LEADERS: THE CAMPAIGN FOR HARLEM ACADEMY
Harlem Academy was founded in 2004 with a mission to drive equity of opportunity for promising students. What began as 12 children in a church basement is now 120 students in first through eighth grade. Over the past 15 years, we have developed a program that cultivates academic excellence and a deep commitment to community contribution. Today, Harlem Academy graduates are making their mark at our nation’s top secondary schools and universities, including Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, NYU, and RPI.
The next step in Harlem Academy’s evolution is a permanent campus. In 2013, our Board of Trustees marked its commitment to the future of Harlem Academy by purchasing a half-acre lot on 143rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue as the future site of our school.
The launch of Future Leaders: The Capital Campaign for Harlem Academy will deliver on that commitment. Having raised 92% of the $31 million needed to build a permanent campus, we are on track to break ground in May 2020 and move in August 2021.
Our 29,000 square-foot campus will nearly double our impact to 216 students, enabling us to graduate 32 students each year. The addition of a kindergarten will open our doors at a standard entry point for students and allow for earlier social and academic skill development. A second section for sixth through eighth grade will offer our middle schoolers broader academic and social opportunities. Our large outdoor space will house a playground and basketball court.
We need your help to get there. Please join Future Leaders: The Capital Campaign for Harlem Academy at this pivotal time of growth for our school. Your help will ensure a lasting pathway for generations of leaders to come.
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Located in the heart of the communities we serve, the campus is within walking distance of public transportation, City College, historic landmarks, and city parks.
Our new campus will double our impact to 240 students. The addition of a kindergarten will allow for earlier social and academic skill development, while a second section in grades six through eight offers broader academic and social opportunities.
The new campus will expand the student body while reducing fundraising per student by 40%. We will achieve economies of scale by increasing the number of sections while keeping administrative costs relatively flat.
Students will benefit from enhanced classrooms with effective technology and plenty of natural light. Our multipurpose room will serve as a theater, cafeteria, and indoor athletic space. A private outdoor area will feature a full basketball court and room for free play.
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