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Posted by on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Whether rappelling down a dam, making their way through a ropes course high above the ground, or navigating a hike in the woods, Harlem Academy middle school students were up for every challenge during their three-day, overnight trip to the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) in New Jersey earlier this month. Each October, our students travel with teachers and parent chaperones to PBC for team-building exercises, physical challenges, and outdoor educational activities in acres of wilderness. “ Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, August 8, 2019
September is right around the corner, and sixth-grader Amadu is looking forward to more than entering seventh grade. He’s also looking forward to seeing Tanner Powers again – his mentor at Harlem Academy for the past two years. “I really like working with him,” says Amadu. “He’s helpful, caring, and a really good person to talk to.” The two have built a close bond – one that benefits the mentor as much as the mentee. “I wanted a way to give back, and mentoring at Harlem Academy allows me to Read more...
Posted by on Monday, June 24, 2019
In September, as our eighth-graders began their final year at Harlem Academy, we knew that they would continue to demonstrate excellence and drive. Today, we couldn’t be prouder as they join our alumni community, filled with graduates who are making a difference as volunteers, leaders, and changemakers in their schools and communities. We’ve watched the Class of 2019 grow from promising young students to leaders who bring talent, determination, and strength of character to everything they do Read more...
Tags: leadership, creed
Posted by on Thursday, June 13, 2019
Producing a magazine takes a lot of work, and Harlem Academy students are up to the task – especially when that magazine acknowledges a major milestone in their lives. Moving Up! is a celebration of our fourth-graders’ transition to fifth grade. It marks their accomplishment while honing critical planning, collaboration, and writing skills that will serve them well in fifth grade and beyond.  Every year, the fourth-grade class spends six weeks creating the magazine from cover to cover, with Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Will listening to a fast song make your pulse race? That was the question on eighth-grader Justice Dandridge’s mind as she began working on her independent science project. Earlier this month, Justice and fellow eighth-graders presented their experiments at Harlem Academy’s second annual science fair. Our science program focuses on teaching students to understand and apply the scientific method with increasing independence. By the time they reach eighth grade, students are ready to conceive Read more...
Posted by 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 Read more...
Posted by on Friday, May 3, 2019
Thank you for making Harlem Academy’s Spring Benefit such a success. Last night, more than 400 guests joined us at the Pierre, raising over $1 million toward scholarships and opening the door for promising students to fulfill their dreams. In his keynote address, Trustee W. Graham Cole shared what makes our students so special: “Our students have the intellectual power, the ambition, the desire to learn, and the strength of character that warrant opportunity in a nation that has always Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Eighth-grader David Fabian recalls barely being able to contain his excitement when he looked down at the item on his desk. “I had been waiting for that moment for weeks,” he says about the long-anticipated seventh-grade science class. “We were actually going to dissect a brain!” A sheep’s brain, to be exact. It was the culminating assignment in Harlem Academy’s innovative partnership with the Columbia University Department of Neuroscience, which brings scientists into the classroom to lead a Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Heart, Soul, charged with emotion. It cannot be seen, only heard. Always inside you. Immense, deafening tidal waves explode all around me into existence. Spreading along the scene filled with action around me.  When you open your mouth and let your inner you speak out into the deaf world around you, when you crunch down on a kernel of cereal, they are always there. Sometimes they become even more than waves. They become memories, like a huge impact accompanied with screeching metal, and the Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
I’m from the dark Bronx, illicit and glowing. Where all I eat is simmering ketchup, salty, bacon, egg, and cheese, teeth muscles chomping, mouth watering. I’m from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico where the crystal clear water is perfect, but also my purple pulpo, salty white carrucho, and cheesy yellow sorullos take me back. I’m from set tables of rice and beans every night and divine ice cream from Rex Cream, just a hint of spice to the mix.  Don't forget about mom's chicken and pig feet, slimy and Read more...

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