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Posted by on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Earlier this year, Harlem Academy alumna Taneyah Jolly ‘16 shared wonderful news: her acceptance to Princeton University. “When I found out I got into Princeton, I was so excited,” she says. “It took a while for it to fully set in.” Taneyah had set the bar high since enrolling at Harlem Academy in fifth grade and really pushed herself when she was a student here – something her mother says stems from our rigorous curriculum and dedicated teachers. “Taneyah didn’t get the attention she needed Read more...
Tags: alumni, college, creed
Posted by on Tuesday, October 13, 2020
As schools in New York City grapple with reopening, and inequities in access to quality education deepen, Harlem Academy has taken the lead on both counts. Our mission to drive equity of opportunity is more critical than ever. Harlem Academy’s pandemic response is a fully virtual model, with most students learning from home and about 25 students accessing instruction on-site. We are taking every measure to ensure that our students continue to thrive at the highest academic levels.     Read more...
Posted by on Monday, September 21, 2020
Harlem Academy's students, families, and teachers have shown incredible determination during these challenging times – and the results speak for themselves.    There were many more points of pride for us this past year, and we're eager to share them with you. Please read our progress report to learn more about what we have accomplished.         < Previous    |    ​All Blogs  |   Next >  
Posted by on Monday, August 31, 2020
  Dear Friends,   Today marks Harlem Academy’s 17th opening day!   Our mission to guide students to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world was on full display – even though classes were held remotely with only a few small pods of students working from school.   Our COVID-19 Response Plan focuses on safety, wellness, academic growth, and partnership, and I’m so proud of how our students, teachers, families, and staff worked together to ensure a successful Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 4, 2020
We have exciting news! Yesterday, we officially broke ground at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue, the site of Harlem Academy’s permanent home.   The five-story, 29,000-square-foot building will expand the school's impact to more students and strengthen our program. It will feature a library to match our extraordinary reading culture, flexible classrooms with strong technology, a multipurpose space, and dedicated outdoor spaces for learning, play, and sports. Located in the heart of the communities we Read more...
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 Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, June 18, 2020
Yesterday we celebrated our ninth commencement, and although we couldn’t be together physically, our virtual graduation was filled with boundless joy and pride for our students’ achievements. The bond Harlem Academy eighth graders have built as a class was on display as they shared heartfelt introductions of one another, culminating in a presentation of diplomas to graduates by their families at home.  A highlight of the ceremony was the Lower School Chorus' moving rendition of “Lift Every Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, June 4, 2020
In cities and towns across this country, people are coming together to demand justice and accountability, even in the face of a pandemic. When each of us stands up and speaks out for Black lives, we demonstrate the love and care we have for one another and our resolve to never stop fighting for justice, equity, and basic humanity. Perhaps no lines from Harlem Academy’s School Creed resonate more in this heartbreaking and critical moment than these two: “I care for my community” and “I don’t Read more...
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 Read more...
Tags: creed, DEI
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...

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