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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...
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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...

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