Eighth grader Jah’si could barely contain his excitement as he dialed the number. “Mom, I was accepted!” he screamed into the phone. On the other end, his mother, Shanique Johnson, started to cry. She’d just received the same email with news of his acceptance and scholarship to Horace Mann.
Ms. Johnson always knew that her son had the talent and determination to succeed. “He just needed to be challenged,” she says. “Harlem Academy was invested in him, and because of that I saw real growth.”
Jah’si remembers struggling with writing when he first came to Harlem Academy in fourth grade. “Over time, I began to enjoy writing because of the selection of books, the lessons, and the teachers. They really know how to captivate you and make you push yourself,” he shared.
Now, with ninth grade around the corner, Jah’si is ready for the next challenge. “The academics at Horace Mann are rigorous, but so is the curriculum at Harlem Academy,” he says. “I'm ready for it!”
Click to see our full secondary school placement list, which this year includes Friends Seminary, Miss Porter’s, Riverdale, and Spence.
Thank you to Columbia Community Service and Ronald McDonald House Charities for supporting our secondary school placement program.