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Accreditation & Recognition



Harlem Academy is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Harlem Academy was granted full accreditation in spring 2011, one year early, based on the strength of the school's program. Then, the school received an exemplary report during our five-year review in 2016. 


Klingenstein Center, Teachers College Columbia University

Each year four to six graduate students in educational leadership collaborate with Harlem Academy school leaders on research projects. 


Harlem Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Their website describes what it means to be an independent school, including governance by our own board of trustees and the freedom to hire teachers, build programs, and admit students that will allow us to fulfill our mission to the highest standards.

Schools That Can

Recognized as a model for quality education for underserved students by Schools That Can (2010) Harlem Academy is a member of Schools That Can, a national network of high performing schools in low-income areas. 

Early Steps 

Harlem Academy is a member of Early Steps, an organization that partners with families and schools to increase racial diversity in New York City’s independent schools.


Charity Navigator

Highest-possible four-star rating from Charity Navigator for financial management and transparency

New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Gold award winner from New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards for nonprofit management (2011)


Platinum level GuideStar participant, demonstrating commitment to transparency (Since 2016, Gold from 2006-2015)