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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...
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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...
Posted by on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Math coach Jeff Newman teaches a course on financial literacy to the seventh grade.
One by one, math coach Jeff Newman pulls the eighth graders into the hallway to share their individual scores with them.  This is their first meeting since the rigorous MathCounts competition.  His discretion proves unnecessary as each student returns to the classroom and blurts out their score to the rest of the group. They are competitive, but also supportive of each other. When Read more...
Posted by on Friday, April 7, 2017
The school creed provides a starting point for habit-building at school, but parents tell us that they see their children live by the creed at home, as well. We asked what this looks like.
Ilaura Walker's children bring the creed home, and now the whole family uses it in conversations.
Ilaura Walker, mother of fourth grader Shane and first grader Ava “I picked Ava up from school one day, and she told me she had been talking about compassion and integrity with one of Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
John Belizaire is a managing partner at the private equity firm NextStage LLC and a Senior Industry Advisor for Guidewire Software. He brings to the board extensive experience in business development and marketing, and hopes to help the school broaden its base of supporters. His involvement at Harlem Academy includes helping to develop the entrepreneurship club, and spending several afternoons on campus working with students on their projects. Doug Griebel is the co-founder and Chairman Read more...
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Posted by on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Vinny Dotoli speaking at the French Consulate.
How do we help young leaders emerge in the face of the deep, historical inequities that persist today in our economic and social fabric?  Head of School Vinny Dotoli joined a panel considering this question at the French Consulate in New York on February 15.  As part of the Consulate’s celebration of Black History Month, the event explored the empowerment of young leaders who can help advocate for changes in their own communities. The panel was moderated by Arun Venugopal, a WNYC reporter Read more...
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Posted by on Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tara with her mother at her Grace Church School graduation in 2016.
Harlem Academy’s first graduating class started college this year. Eager to see how our pioneering alumni were doing, we caught up with Tara Eagan at the University of Rochester. Tara Eagan grew up in the South Bronx, and through fifth grade, attended a local charter school where she was at the top of her class. One day, the principal called Tara’s mom in to talk about finding an accelerated program Read more...
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Posted by on Friday, December 16, 2016
Two magazines recently accepted articles for publication that demonstrate Harlem Academy’s emergence as a model program within the education community. The AMLE Magazine for the Association for Middle Level Educators is publishing an article by history teacher Sean Robertson that highlights Harlem Academy’s use of primary documents as a best practice for exploring U.S. history. That article, published in the February 2017 issue, is available online here.  Principal Leadership, a magazine Read more...
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Posted by on Thursday, December 15, 2016
  The students in Harlem Academy’s Shakespeare elective had a big act to follow when they set out to perform Othello last spring – their own. They had already claimed the top two places at the citywide ShakeSmack competition earlier in the year. How could they make their own mark with the performance?   Their work together grew into a contemporary update on the classic play. Through music, dance, and costume, they set out to make Othello relevant for young people in Harlem today. “We Read more...
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Posted by on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
LaShonda reads a nonfiction book to students.
What inspired you to pursue a career in education? I actually started out as a biology major in college, but then I volunteered at an alternative middle school in Philadelphia. It was amazing to see a school full of children who were illiterate. You’re talking about 18-year-olds in the 5th and 6th grade, and the school was really just a holding cell until they aged out. Who even knew something like that existed? As a volunteer reading teacher, I had to start with practicing kindergarten and Read more...

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