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Posted by on Friday, November 2, 2018
Within minutes of visiting Harlem Academy and meeting Head of School Vinny Dotoli ten years ago, Ann and Cameron MacRae knew something special was happening here – and they wanted to be a part of it. “We decided to support the school after that first visit,” says Mrs. MacRae, who joined our board of trustees in 2011. “Vinny is a visionary and Harlem Academy’s mission is unlike any other in the city. The school is transforming the lives of students at the highest level of excellence.”   Read more...
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Posted by on Thursday, September 27, 2018
Harlem Academy's guiding principles are a written articulation of the values that have helped the school to achieve its strong results to date and will help us to become even stronger going forward. These principles are posted throughout the school and infused into every aspect of our work. Mission Driven:  Harlem Academy drives equity of opportunity for promising students, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world.  We admit students whose Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Kia Turner with student
For Kia Turner, who teaches middle school English, teaching is about more than educating the mind. It’s also about nurturing the soul.     Why is Harlem Academy the right place for you? What I love most about Harlem Academy are the kids. My students push me to be a better teacher and person every day that I step into our classroom.  Small class sizes – which are hard to find in today’s education landscape – mean my students and I can grow deep relationships. It also allows them to Read more...
Posted by on Monday, August 27, 2018
Impact
As a new school year begins, it’s wonderful to see the familiar faces of returning students and the fresh faces of our new class of first-graders. We have much to celebrate as we kick off a new year, from the tremendous achievement of our most recent graduating class of eighth-graders – 100% of whom are now attending selective secondary schools – to the fact that every one of our graduates is making a mark within their communities, including back here at Harlem Academy. Our students are Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Alexandria Brown ’14 and Anais Marston ’14 shared more than friendship when they were students at Harlem Academy – they also shared a love of science. As they prepare to begin their freshman year in college this fall – Alexandria at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Anais at Northeastern – the two continue to follow a similar path. Both plan to become engineers. Alexandria and Anais credit Harlem Academy with spurring their interest in the field. “I love doing challenging science Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Volunteer plays chess with student
Head of School Vinny Dotoli recently sat down with Eric Eckholdt, executive director of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation, to talk about Credit Suisse’s partnership with Harlem Academy, its long-standing commitment to education, and the importance of providing opportunities for promising children from underserved communities.  
Credit Suisse volunteers challenge our students to games of chess.
  What is Credit Suisse Americas Foundation’s overall focus and what Read more...
Tags: chess, donors
Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Figaro Art
While some students can’t wait to relax during summer break, Harlem Academy alumni look forward to internships and summer programs that allow them to pursue their interests, learn new skills, and give back to their community. We caught up with a few graduates to hear how they’re spending their summer. A Doctor in the Making Brandon Davis ‘15 is interning at Weill-Cornell's Department of Medicine ENT-Surgery, where he gets to observe patient care and surgeries while shadowing one of the Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Preparing to go from secondary school to college is an exciting time for our alumni, but it can also feel overwhelming. There are applications to complete, essays to write, standardized tests to take, costs to consider, and much more. Harlem Academy’s College Camp offers our alumni the targeted support they need to get into top colleges. “This is not an initiative you’d traditionally see at an elementary/middle school, but realizing our mission means extending beyond success here at Harlem Read more...
Tags: alumni, college
Posted by on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
At Harlem Academy, being smart is cool. Our students don’t shy away from challenging academics; they opt for more. Take Shakespeare, one of the most difficult texts students will face at any grade level, let alone in sixth grade. Harlem Academy middle schoolers develop such love and appreciation for the Bard that studying his plays in class isn’t enough for many of them. One quarter of them choose Shakespeare as an elective, too. “The students are drawn to the challenge the language presents Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
For many students, transitioning from middle school to high school is a challenge. Navigating a new environment, managing a heavier workload, adjusting to more independence and less structure – it’s a lot to handle. Harlem Academy’s High School Week helps prepare eighth-graders for what is often an obstacle-laden path. Held twice during the spring trimester of eighth grade, High School Week serves as an entry to life in high school. “It’s an eye-opening experience for our students,” said Sean Read more...

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