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Posted by on Friday, June 24, 2022
What a wonderful 11th commencement! We were filled with joy and pride as our eighth graders received their diplomas yesterday and became part of Harlem Academy’s alumni community. Click to see our graduation photo album. The class of 2022 has shown incredible resilience, always striving for excellence while navigating the challenges of the past two years. Now, as they prepare to begin their journey at top secondary schools, we know that our graduates will continue to live the School Creed and Read more...
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Posted by on Thursday, June 16, 2022
We are excited to welcome Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Melissa is the John D. Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business and Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is the former Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb where she led the strategy and execution of global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs, and retains an external senior Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Thursday, June 9, 2022
Mark Abreu ’18 will be heading to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia this coming fall. The moment he stepped onto campus, he knew he’d found his school. “It felt like home,” he says. “As I walked around, everyone was saying, ‘Hi, brother. How are you?’” That tour sealed the deal between Morehouse and some of the other highly selective schools where he had offers, like Vassar and Skidmore. “Now that I’ve graduated from Peddie, which is a predominately white school, I want to get a different Read more...
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Posted by on Thursday, May 26, 2022
Every day, shouts of “You’ve got this!” and “Great job!” can be heard on our play yard. Whether it’s a game of soccer, kickball, baseball, or any other sport, our students always cheer each other on. “We clap, support one another, and offer the winners congratulations,” says seventh grader Analise. “We’re learning valuable information about uplifting your team and good sportsmanship.”  Teamwork, sportsmanship, encouragement, and self-confidence are all major components of our physical Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, May 12, 2022
We’re always happy when alumni come back to visit and volunteer. Now, we are especially thrilled that Tara Eagan ’12, a graduate of University of Rochester, has returned to Harlem Academy full time as our elementary school science teacher. Why did you want to become a teacher? This is my second year teaching but my first at Harlem Academy. The motivation to be in education stemmed from the amazing women of color who assisted in my journey to higher education. After graduating from Harlem Read more...
Posted by on Monday, May 9, 2022
Exciting news! Harlem Academy was recently featured on CBS New York. Reporter Jessi MItchell stopped by to tour our new school building, interview students, and sit down for a chat with Head of School Vinny Dotoli. Click below to watch.   Visit the Spring Campaign Page   < Previous  |  ​All Blogs |  ​Next >  
Posted by on Thursday, April 21, 2022
Will listening to a fast song make your pulse race? Does following a structured morning routine increase productivity? Will using your phone in grayscale reduce screen time? These were just a few of the intriguing questions explored at recent Harlem Academy science fairs. (And for the record, the answer to all three is yes.)  Each year, as our eighth graders prepare for the annual science fair, they dive into their projects well-equipped to form hypotheses, conduct experiments, and analyze Read more...
Tags: science, STEM
Posted by on Wednesday, April 6, 2022
The annual Harlem Academy Journal is ready! It’s a window into the school’s mission to drive equity of opportunity for promising students – stories of alumni who are making a difference in Washington, D.C., how we engage students in science, the enriching benefits of our new building, graduates who have returned as full-time team members, and much more. Click here to read the Journal.   Visit the Spring Campaign Page   < Previous  |  ​All Blogs  |  Next >  
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Posted by on Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Dear Friends, Harlem Academy students strive for excellence. One of my greatest joys is seeing how that work ethic continues to manifest in inspiring ways long after they leave our halls.  When Kennedy Murray ’16, a senior at George Washington University who is studying political science, told us about her recent congressional internship with Rep. Jamaal Bowman, she could barely contain her excitement. Kennedy is confident that she can achieve her political ambitions thanks to the skills and Read more...
Posted by on Monday, February 28, 2022
Earlier this month, primary school students gathered in the library to read “I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James, an empowering book that celebrates Black boys. Afterward, our students discussed the importance of self-love. This affirming experience was one of the many ways Harlem Academy celebrates diversity through literature – not just during Black History Month but all year long. Representation matters. That is why our students are exposed early and often to books Read more...


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