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Posted by on Monday, July 11, 2016
Eugene Giscombe
Our school community is mourning the loss of Eugene Giscombe, Harlem Academy trustee and community leader, who passed away July 10, 2016. Gene was a longtime partner for the school, advising on business, organizational, and community  issues.  He was deeply committed to helping us build a permanent campus, sharing the school’s mission with friends and colleagues and engaging their help to move the school forward.  “In working with Gene, it was always easy to see why he was such a success in Read more...
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Posted by on Saturday, July 9, 2016
Led by Dr. Farrell, RayJon inspects a water sample under a microscope from Lake George to identify various forms of plankton.
It’s 2 p.m. on Thursday in Troy, New York. A group of Harlem Academy fifth and sixth graders are coding a robotic car to navigate the angles, turns, and distances needed to exit a maze. A group of seventh and eighth graders are using laser thermometers to measure the effect of different insulation methods in models they built. Another group is aboard a boat on Lake George testing water samples for zooplankton and sodium under the supervision of leading freshwater scientists. These are just a Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Mr. Robertson developed a unique two-year curriculum on U.S. history.
Mr. Robertson researched and developed a unique two-year curriculum on U.S. history.
Harlem Academy’s middle school history teacher, Sean Robertson, was named New York State History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He was selected by a panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars for his use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration he provides to his students, and his career achievements in education.  “ Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, May 21, 2016
Taneyah and Misa perform in the 2016 ShakeSmack
Taneyah and Misa perform at the 2016 ShakeSmack.
For the fourth year in a row, Harlem Academy’s Shakespeare troupe was recognized for their outstanding work, this year earning both first and second place honors at the Classic Stage Company’s annual Shakespeare competition. Dubbed the “Shakespeare Smackdown,” the competition featured twenty-five middle and high school teams from across New York City, each performing short scenes from Othello. Their success is no Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, May 21, 2016
First graders greet guests at the 2016 Spring Benefit.
First graders greet guests at the 2016 Spring Benefit.
Harlem Academy held its annual Spring Benefit on April 28, 2016, raising more than $1 million towards scholarship support. This was the most successful event in the school’s history. The evening featured guest of honor, Clifford Alexander, a prominent civil rights adviser, who served as Secretary of the Army under President Carter and Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President Johnson. Read more...
Posted by on Monday, March 7, 2016
“Chess improves my focus,” says eighth grader Miles. “Also my problem solving and time management.”
Even for beginners, chess is more than just a game. It requires critical thinking, composure, and sportsmanship. Studies show that chess strengthens core academic skills.1 ”Chess teaches them to slow down and think before they do something,” says Alexis Viele, third grade teacher. “They consider the consequences before taking action, and have to deal with any mistakes Read more...
Posted by on Monday, March 7, 2016
HA students
A choice like no other in this community “I had my child in five schools before we found Harlem Academy. None of them were pushing my son to grow. The situation in my district, it was just sad.” - Fifth grade parent All New York City parents know the stress of finding the right school for their children. In Harlem, the South Bronx, and Washington Heights, however, the challenge is even greater. More than 80% of local students are failing, and local public and charter schools must focus on Read more...
Posted by on Monday, March 7, 2016
lower school student reading
Leveraging curiosity to build nonfiction reading skills and set a foundation for critical thinking Each day, lower school teachers and students spend an hour focused on locating information, summarizing important facts, isolating the main idea, and using text-based evidence to support a conclusion.  Harlem Academy fourth-grader Benjamin loves science fiction. When he discovered in his nonfiction unit that his favorite books are based on real science, he started reading more science books.  “ Read more...
Posted by on Sunday, March 6, 2016
Clifford Alexander with Harlem Academy's eighth grade class.
Clifford Alexander with Harlem Academy eighth graders.
Clifford Alexander to speak at Harlem Academy's Spring Benefit on April 28 Mr. Alexander spent decades in public service as a counselor to U.S. Presidents and as a champion of civil rights. An attorney and businessman, he was born and raised in Harlem. He attended Fieldston School, then Harvard where he was president of the Student Council, and Yale where he received his law degree.  In July 1963, he was Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Mr. Robertson leading a discussion with the Class of 2015.
Mr. Robertson leading a discussion with the Class of 2015.
Harlem Academy’s U.S. History course begins with “The Boston Massacre,” the famous etching by Paul Revere. From the image students understand the story – the slaughter of citizens, the abuse of power, the massacre that triggered a revolution. But then they read the first-hand accounts from local leaders, the British commander, and other witnesses. Suddenly the story is less clear: soldiers accosted by the Read more...

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