Harlem Academy Secures Property for Permanent Campus in Central Harlem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New York – The Harlem Academy board of trustees announced today that it has acquired property at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue that will eventually house the school’s permanent campus.

“Today we have taken a huge step toward securing the future of Harlem Academy and strengthening its ability to make a difference in the lives of its students,” said Harlem Academy Board Chairman David B. Peterson.

The new location will allow the school to serve its students better, with space that will include dedicated science labs, a hall for performance, a library with a 13,000 volume print collection and complimentary digital collection, and strong technology throughout the facility. At 20,000 SF, the lot is large enough to accommodate the school’s carefully planned expansion to serve 360 students in kindergarten through grade eight.

As a private, nonprofit school, the funding for this project comes entirely from private contributions.

“We are tremendously grateful to those who have made this first step toward a permanent campus possible,” said Vinny Dotoli, head of school. “For 10 years we have been preparing our students for success at top secondary schools. I am excited to move toward a facility that will best complement the dedication of our students, teachers, families, and supporters toward fulfilling our mission.”

The new campus will be designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Rafael Viñoly Architects has a history of developing extraordinary educational spaces, including the new mathematics building at Oxford University, the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College (near the site of the new building for Harlem Academy), and a new campus for New York University in the Middle East. RVA has been a strong supporter of Harlem Academy from the beginning and is providing its design services pro bono. The project is being led by Vice President Jay Bargmann, who serves on Harlem Academy’s board of trustees.

Harlem Academy is an independent school where the highest standards for academic rigor and character serve as catalysts for lifelong learning, thoughtful citizenship, and upward mobility. The school offers merit-based admissions, cultivates strong family partnerships, and ensures its economic diversity by meeting all demonstrated need for tuition support.