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Posted by on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Thank you for making Harlem Academy’s Spring Benefit such a success. More than 400 guests joined us at The Pierre on April 18th, raising over $1 million toward scholarships. Your support provides a transformational opportunity that prepares our students to become tomorrow’s leaders.  You can revisit a few favorite moments from last night by checking out our photo gallery and video, “Harlem Academy: Developing Future Leaders.”
Don Lemon poses with eighth graders Malik, Essence,  Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, March 29, 2018
“I hugged a legend!” exclaimed eighth grader Malik Middleton. He was talking about Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who met with our eighth-grade class earlier this month during their trip to Washington, D.C. “It was so humbling to meet someone who actually did what we read about in history books and still contributes to the world we live in now,” said Malik. The excitement on his face and enthusiasm in his voice as he recalled the visit illustrates the impact of Harlem Academy’s Read more...
Posted by on Monday, March 19, 2018
An all-natural hair salon. A combination farmer’s market/restaurant. A pottery studio. None of these businesses exists in a certain section of Harlem – not yet anyway. They were just a few of the creative projects designed by our eighth-grade class and presented to a panel of professional architects at the renowned firm Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA).
Delali Lyons' pottery studio model.
As part of their applied science class, Harlem Academy eighth graders spent the Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Schools and media outlets, particularly during Black History Month, often focus on past struggles when talking about communities of color. At a recent community meeting, our seventh graders wanted to take a more inspiring approach and celebrate the joyful moments that uplift the African-American community. “Black Joy” – the theme of the meeting – was the brainchild of 12-year-old Madisyn Cunningham. Harlem Academy’s weekly community meetings are inspired by the Quaker tradition and provide a Read more...
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Posted by on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Imagine a group of gifted poets sitting on a stage. One by one, they walk to the microphone to recite poems about race, immigration, love of family—each poem more powerful, searing, heartbreaking, or poignant than the next. Now imagine these poets are just 11-, 12-, and 13-years old. When our middle-schoolers joined professional poets for original readings earlier this month as part of Harlem Academy’s Visiting Poets Program, everyone in attendance knew they were witnessing something special. Read more...
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Posted by on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
One painting can evoke many interpretations. That was the lesson members of our visual arts elective learned on a recent visit to the Brooklyn Museum to view the One Basquiat exhibit.
Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat
“Our visual arts elective gives these budding young artists a chance to explore different mediums of art and channel their creativity,” said Mrs. Ashley Barnett, who leads the elective. “Art connects to our creed because it requires you to be bold and Read more...
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Posted by on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Knitting can create more than beautiful patterns. It can create enthusiasm for math too. On a recent visit to the National Museum of Mathematics, students in Harlem Academy’s fiber arts elective explored how math and the art of crafting intersect.
Students creating symmetric patterns at the Museum.
As avid knitters, our fiber arts students already know the importance of math to their craft: counting stitches, calculating gauge. After attending the presentation, The Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, February 1, 2018
The proud students posing before their big presentations.
Will plants grow if they are “watered” with coffee? Is the five-second rule true? Do snacks affect a student’s memory? These were just a few of the questions answered at Harlem Academy’s very first science fair. This week, our eighth-grade class presented their projects to proud parents and teachers. Harlem Academy’s science program focuses on teaching children to think creatively and understand the scientific Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Students observe the water in Lake George from a research vessel at RPI last spring.
Every spring, Harlem Academy middle school students look forward to traveling upstate to spend a few days at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the nation’s oldest technological research university. Having a chance to conduct experiments, present their findings, work with professors, and stay in the dorms, is a big part of the lure. The other is Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President Read more...
Posted by on Friday, November 17, 2017
Before coming to Harlem Academy, Wassa Bagayoko ’13 was not being pushed to reach her potential. At Harlem Academy, she found the challenge she was seeking and thrived academically. She graduated with a full scholarship to the prestigious Chapin School. Now Wassa is enrolled as a freshman at Brown University. In her Harlem Academy application, Wassa’s former elementary teachers recognized her academic abilities, but lamented not having the means to help her thrive. “Wassa is one of the most Read more...
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