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Sharing Best Practices

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Visiting educators discuss the Singapore math program with our seventh-grade students.
Visiting educators discuss the Singapore math program with our seventh-grade students.

In 2008, Harlem Academy was the first school in Manhattan to adopt the innovative Singapore math curriculum. Recognized for its effectiveness in building skills and retention, the program focuses in greater depth on fewer core concepts than traditional math programs.

Our student performance has shown inspiring results. Scores on standardized tests continue to rise, and more than one third of our students now score in the top 10% nationwide in math (ERB CTP 4).

The event was organized with the Schools That Can network of high-performing schools in low-income areas. Teachers and school leaders spent several hours observing classes and meeting with our teachers and administrators.

"I walked away from your school inspired about all the possibilities of what can be done with a middle school math department,” said Ellen Banks, math teacher at the Cornelia Connelly Center. “It was refreshing and, honestly, inspiring. I'm impressed by what you guys are doing at your school, and I think a lot of teachers would benefit from seeing your program.”

As Harlem Academy has grown, we have increasingly become a model for others in the education reform landscape. In the past year alone, we have welcomed more than 100 teachers and education leaders for tours, workshops, and graduate internships to learn from our successes.

As a selective independent school, Harlem Academy has the flexibility to innovate, trying new ideas and reacting quickly to what works and what doesn’t. We are able to be an incubator for best practices in curriculum, character development, and management. As part of the movement to bring world-class education to low-income areas, we welcome the opportunity to share strengths with others who are trying to make a difference.

Harlem Academy’s innovative math program is supported in part by a grant from the Cat MacRae Fund.