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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...
Posted by on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Tom and Sera Reycraft first became involved at Harlem Academy in 2006 and have remained among our most committed supporters. Since 2009, Tom has served on the board of trustees and has chaired the committee on trustees, playing a key role in shaping the school’s growth and success during the last decade. A SPECIAL CONNECTION Harlem Academy’s mission to drive equity of opportunity resonated on a personal level for Tom. “My father was given an opportunity to attend a private independent day Read more...
Posted by on Friday, January 24, 2020
    When he was a student at Riverdale, Javin Michael ’15 took on many different roles. He was captain of the ultimate Frisbee team in his senior year. He was a member of the marine conservation club and the game theory club. He was active in the school’s theater and music program, working behind the scenes to help produce shows. And he was elected to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Student Advisory Council to offer advice regarding the Institute’s educational programs Read more...
Posted by on Monday, November 25, 2019
It's here! Take a peek at the latest edition of the Harlem Academy Journal. Check out some of the special things happening at our school – alumni who are making a difference, the social power of literature, the meaning behind one of our most treasured traditions, and much more. Click on the image below to read the full magazine!    < Previous    |    All Blogs    |     Next >​
Posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2019
The Answer: 655 St. Nicholas Avenue!  I am thrilled to announce that Future Leaders: The Capital Campaign for Harlem Academy has crossed the 90% threshold, having raised $28.4 million toward the $31 million budget. Last night, our Board of Trustees authorized a critical step toward the construction of our permanent campus – the selection of the project’s construction manager.   Our new, permanent home will allow us to double in size, expanding our impact from 120 to 240 students. We will add Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, November 7, 2019
Last year, seventh grader Aryel Sealey read a whopping 48 books during the school year – more than any other student and surpassing the goal of Harlem Academy’s first 40 Book Challenge. “The challenge was a great motivator, and winning gave me a strong sense of accomplishment,” she says. Will Aryel keep her title this year?   Our second annual challenge is well under way, encouraging middle schoolers to read 40 books independently by the end of the school year. “At first, students think there Read more...
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...
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...

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