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Posted by on Thursday, June 29, 2017
On June 22, Harlem Academy celebrated our sixth commencement with the Class of 2017. We look forward to seeing how these graduates make their mark on the world. Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the 2017 commencement celebration.
Posted by on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Students performing Shakespeare
The strength of our students' performances comes from the confidence they develop by interpreting Shakespeare in their own way.
Seventh grader Delali is not your typical theater kid. In class and with friends, she is soft-spoken and shy. At the recent Shakespeare Smackdown, however, she commanded the audience, delivering her lines in a clear, emphatic voice and making the crowd laugh as she threw herself across the stage with two classmates. This citywide Read more...
Posted by on Friday, May 5, 2017
In 90% of the school districts that Harlem Academy serves, no kindergartner scored high enough in 2016 to be eligible for the citywide gifted and talented programs.  These opportunities are available only to students already testing above the 97th percentile. Promising children from low-income communities don’t have the resources or preparation to compete for these spots, and the programs are dominated by children from more affluent communities. At the same time, local public and charter Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, May 4, 2017
After teaching at Harlem Academy for four years, Alexis Viele convinced her most esteemed colleague from her former school to come teach the grade above her.  Ms. Viele is the lead teacher for third grade, while Ms. Lee is the lead teacher for fourth-graders. With 11 years of teaching experience, why is Harlem Academy where you want to teach? Viele: The families and the students are a huge piece of why I want to teach here. Our families are so committed to making sure their children get Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Harlem Academy guides our students to thrive at the highest academic levels.  Miles Williams ’16 was not challenged by his former school, so he came to Harlem Academy.  Now he is attending one of the most challenging schools in the nation.  We caught up with him in his freshman year at Lawrenceville to see how Harlem Academy prepared him.
Miles explores the library at Lawrenceville.
Lawrenceville’s bucolic campus, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is a far cry from Read more...
Tags: alumni, science
Posted by on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Thank you. On April 27, 2017,  Harlem Academy had the most successful Spring Benefit in our history, raising more than $1 million toward scholarships, ensuring that Harlem Academy can continue to offer transformational opportunities for our students. The event showcased Harlem Academy students and alumni, including a new video that features three graduates and their parents reflecting on their experience at the school, and how prepared they were for the challenging schools they now attend. Read more...
Posted by on Friday, April 28, 2017
Three members of the Class of 2016 now attending rigorous day and boarding schools reflect on how Harlem Academy prepared them to succeed in their challenging new environments.
Posted by on Thursday, April 13, 2017
Year after year, Harlem Academy students improve their performance on standardized tests. Most notably, scores jump an average of 11 points after a student’s first year at HA. We took a closer look at the second-grade class to see how this growth was accomplished during their first year at Harlem Academy. “Tell me about your favorite book that you’ve read this year,” asks Head of School Vinny Dotoli.  Two students are engaging with him and a visitor to the school.  They are the classroom Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Harlem Academy alumni continue to contribute and lead in their communities.  We caught up with some recent graduates to hear how they are making their mark.
Joel Mentor '13
Joel Mentor ’13 has played ultimate Frisbee since his freshman year at Riverdale Country School. Now a senior, Joel was selected as captain of the team. “I have to plan and run our practices, team meetings, and social functions,” he says. “Ultimate doesn’t have referees, so I have to work with the Read more...
Tags: alumni
Posted by on Sunday, April 9, 2017
Eighth grader Herby references his diagram in response to the critique.
Eighth grader Herby pinned his blueprints to the wall of the conference room at Rafael Viñoly Architects and picked up his model. His classmates sat watching him as he presented the details of his design.  A jury of professional architects from the firm listened, and then peppered him with questions.  “What community need is it filling? How will the design complement the existing buildings in the Read more...


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