Posted by on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ruby Avila started at Harlem Academy in first grade with a determined attitude. She quickly emerged as a productive and popular member of the class. By the end of second grade, she was thriving within our rigorous, engaging environment and earning strong grades. Then in 2009, Ruby’s mom Luisa Sanchez came to us with difficult news. As much as her family loved Harlem Academy, a job transfer required that they relocate to a small town outside of Albany. We bid farewell to Ruby, confident that Read more...
Posted by on Monday, January 26, 2015
We caught up with graduates Alexandria Brown ‘14 and Anais Marston ‘14 to hear about their experiences at Marymount and Spence. Did Harlem Academy leave you well prepared for a top high school?Anais: Yes!Alexandria: I have to send Ms. Wood an email. If I see her today, I am going to talk to her about how useful the little strategies she taught us are. Her literary analysis practice works!Anais: The transition out of Harlem Academy really felt seamless. It's been easy for me to switch schools Read more...
Posted by on Monday, January 12, 2015
Recent research at Stanford and NYU shows that just the fear of being stereotyped can have a measurable impact on student performance. In his groundbreaking book "Whistling Vivaldi," Stanford professor Dr. Claude Steele shows that introducing students to a diverse group of adult role models can moderate the negative effects of these anxieties. Last spring Harlem Academy introduced a unit called “Mitigating Stereotype Threat” into our advisory program. Drawing on the experience of successful Read more...
Posted by on Friday, January 9, 2015
One of the questions we receive most often from prospective supporters and parents is why are we a private school and not a charter school? The short answer is that only as a private school does Harlem Academy have the flexibility to achieve its mission. We identify talented children and provide them with the advanced academics and character development they need to catch up with their peers from more affluent communities. Below is an in depth look at why we set Harlem Academy up as a private Read more...
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Posted by on Monday, September 15, 2014
High School Week challenges eighth graders with the expectations of a secondary school schedule.
During High School Week, students are allowed to leave campus and eat lunch wherever they like, as long as they return on time for class.
As a middle school student transitions into high school, self-direction is essential.
Last spring, we piloted a week-long program called High School Week to ensure our eighth grade students feel poised in their academic abilities and Read more...
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Posted by on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
We caught up with Joel and Tim Mentor - brothers and Harlem Academy graduates - to hear about life at Riverdale. ___
The Mentor brothers at Harlem Academy's 2013 commencement.Talk to me about the start of this school year.
Tim: I boil down sophomore year to it’s basically a harder freshman year with less energy. There’s less of that “I’m ready to try new things,” less of that new school excitement. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s more that now I have to Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Lower school creative writing reinforces core skills while cultivating originality and personal voice.
Revising sentences and paragraphs helps students develop their own voices.
Perched on the “author’s chair,” a fourth grade student finishes reading his poem aloud. He looks up at his classmates sitting on the floor around him who begin to comment. “I liked how detailed your description was,” says one. “It really helped me imagine your feelings.”
Another adds, “I Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A performance-based unit draws middle school students into the works of William Shakespeare.
Middle school students display both creepiness and joy as the Three Witches in “Macbeth.” Photo courtesy of the Classic Stage Company.
“What’s Hermia thinking here?” Whitney Wood, middle school English teacher, asks the the sixth graders seated around her. They pause their line-reading of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."
“Hermia doesn’t want to marry Demetrius,” Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, May 1, 2013