Harlem Academy teachers and staff are taking extraordinary measures to ensure that our students continue to thrive at the highest academic levels. Harlem Academy's response to the current crisis is rooted in our School Creed, which begins with "I am bold and creative" and closes with "I don't give up." Please read below to see how our staff, parents, and students are working together to learn, connect, and support each other.
Our distance learning program emphasizes high expectations and individualized support toward core skill development.
Engaging instruction is offered through interactive, live classes (taped for those who cannot attend), as well as videos and written lessons, during a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. suggested schedule.
Guided independent practice in math and reading takes place on several excellent online platforms that allow teachers to monitor progress and provide feedback.
Reading and writing continue to be a core focus of our programming.
Individualized support is provided through feedback on assignments, during regular check-ins with every student and family, and at office hours held throughout the week.
COMMUNITY & CONNECTION
Community is at the heart of our school. It’s how we take care of each other, and at the end of the day, it’s what’s behind our best results.
Meditation classes for students, teachers, and families are offered throughout the week to continue to strengthen our collective toolkit for navigating challenges.
Chess classes give students a chance to keep up with friends in their class while sharpening their skills.
Other social activities include family fitness, virtual knitting circle, and a middle school movie night, offering time to connect and enjoy time together as a whole community.
Frequent communications reinforce partnership by keeping families informed about the school's response to COVID-19, program updates, and opportunities for support. Past communications are available here.
SAFETY & SUPPORT
Our priority during this challenging period is to ensure every one of our students and families is safe and supported.
A family survey and personal outreach identified key needs so that our team can continue to partner in identifying resources and providing support.
Laptop distribution ensured any student who needed a device for distance learning had access to the right equipment.
Expanded financial aid is available for families whose income has been impacted by this crisis.
Information and resources were shared with families to help with basic needs, like food, healthcare, and housing assistance, as well as identifying high-quality educational resources. Click here (link is external) to access the resources.
Small group sessions hosted by our counselor and advisors allow students to connect with trusted adults and peers for support throughout this period.