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Posted by on Monday, March 19, 2018
An all-natural hair salon. A combination farmer’s market/restaurant. A pottery studio. None of these businesses exists in a certain section of Harlem – not yet anyway. They were just a few of the creative projects designed by our eighth-grade class and presented to a panel of professional architects at the renowned firm Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA).
Delali Lyons' pottery studio model.
As part of their applied science class, Harlem Academy eighth graders spent Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Schools and media outlets, particularly during Black History Month, often focus on past struggles when talking about communities of color. At a recent community meeting, our seventh graders wanted to take a more inspiring approach and celebrate the joyful moments that uplift the African-American community. “Black Joy” – the theme of the meeting – was the brainchild of 12-year-old Madisyn Cunningham. Harlem Academy’s weekly community meetings are inspired by the Quaker tradition and provide a Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Imagine a group of gifted poets sitting on a stage. One by one, they walk to the microphone to recite poems about race, immigration, love of family—each poem more powerful, searing, heartbreaking, or poignant than the next. Now imagine these poets are just 11-, 12-, and 13-years old. When our middle-schoolers joined professional poets for original readings earlier this month as part of Harlem Academy’s Visiting Poets Program, everyone in attendance knew they were witnessing something special. Read more...
Tags: English, poetry
Posted by on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
One painting can evoke many interpretations. That was the lesson members of our visual arts elective learned on a recent visit to the Brooklyn Museum to view the One Basquiat exhibit.
Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat
“Our visual arts elective gives these budding young artists a chance to explore different mediums of art and channel their creativity,” said Mrs. Ashley Barnett, who leads the elective. “Art connects to our creed because it requires you to be bold and Read more...
Tags: trips
Posted by on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Knitting can create more than beautiful patterns. It can create enthusiasm for math too. On a recent visit to the National Museum of Mathematics, students in Harlem Academy’s fiber arts elective explored how math and the art of crafting intersect.
Students creating symmetric patterns at the Museum.
As avid knitters, our fiber arts students already know the importance of math to their craft: counting stitches, calculating gauge. After attending the presentation, Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, February 1, 2018
The proud students posing before their big presentations.
Will plants grow if they are “watered” with coffee? Is the five-second rule true? Do snacks affect a student’s memory? These were just a few of the questions answered at Harlem Academy's very first science fair. This week, our eighth-grade class presented their projects to proud parents and teachers. Harlem Academy's science program focuses on teaching children to think creatively and understand the Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Students observe the water in Lake George from a research vessel at RPI last spring.
Every spring, Harlem Academy middle school students look forward to traveling upstate to spend a few days at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the nation’s oldest technological research university. Having a chance to conduct experiments, present their findings, work with professors, and stay in the dorms, is a big part of the lure. The other is Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Read more...
Posted by on Friday, November 3, 2017
Harlem Academy has been honored with Charity Navigator’s highest ranking for organizational excellence, earning a coveted 4-star rating for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, helps donors make informed giving decisions. Each year they evaluate hundreds of top schools and organizations, including independent schools and charter institutions. “Harlem Academy’s exceptional rating sets Read more...
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Posted by on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Harlem Academy students’ poems were among 12 selected by celebrated author Jacqueline Woodson for display at the New York Botanical Garden’s Chihuly sculpture exhibit. Chosen from a pool of more than 150 Tri-State area submissions, the poems were evaluated using no identifying information, so each had to stand on merit alone. Winning poems came from independent schools, charter schools, and traditional public schools, but HA was the only school with multiple winners.           The New York Read more...
Posted by on Friday, September 15, 2017
Seventh grader Adonis Beckford was one of four Harlem Academy students selected among just twelve poems included in the Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.
Standing among the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures at the New York Botanical Garden, Harlem Academy seventh grader Adonis Beckford approaches the podium and recites his poem, “Sapphire Star.” He and three other Harlem Academy students had been selected as winners of a poetry competition pairing young Read more...

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