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Posted by on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Harlem Academy students know how to make an argument. Starting in sixth grade, they learn to identify the point they want to make and to articulate it clearly.   The foundation for this is a technique taught in our middle school English program called “Literary Analysis Short Answer” (LASA).   “This is an incredibly useful skill,” says English teacher Whitney Wood. “It’s a concrete method that kids can use to make a focused and arguable point around a piece of text. We start in sixth grade Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Misa and Kyle practice their emergency medicine skills. 
Should you find yourself stranded on a desert island choking on a coconut, or lost deep in the woods with a gash in your leg, you’d better hope that you’re with Harlem Academy students.
Misa and Kyle practice their emergency medicine skills.
“Our human biology curriculum pushes them far beyond a typical middle school course with engagement around anatomy and physiology,” says science teacher Meredith Philbin. “Most students don’t see this until high school or college Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
zSixth graders kicked things off by working together to build a group marble run.
Each October, Harlem Academy middle school students head to Princeton-Blairstown Center for a 3-day overnight trip filled with team-building exercises, physical challenges, and outdoor educational activities. It’s a chance for students to get out of the city they know so well and into the wilderness. For many students, it’s their first time doing something like this. But by eighth grade, they take pride in growing familiar with all that nature has in store. Through the experience, they Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, September 22, 2016
  Tia Clemons, Fourth Grade Teacher B.A. Penn State - Harrisburg Tia is the fourth grade associate teacher at Harlem Academy, responsible for leading in science and physical education. She earned a B.A. from Penn State- Harrisburg and has plans to return for an M.A. in special education. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, studying astrology, watching crime investigation programs, spending time with her niece and nephew, and trying new restaurants. Tia’s favorite childhood read is “Happy Read more...
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Posted by on Thursday, September 1, 2016
Recent Harlem Academy graduate, Malik, was the only student from NYC to place in the Dupont Science Challenge.
Malik was the only student from NYC to place in the DuPont Science Challenge.
Recent graduate Malik Figaro '16 was recognized with honorable mention in the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition for his research paper he wrote while attending Harlem Academy.  The competition is one of the foremost science contests for K-12 students, receiving more than 9,000 submissions.  Students are asked to write a 700- to 1,000-word essay in one of four categories: food, Read more...
Tags: science, STEM, writing
Posted by on Monday, July 11, 2016
Eugene Giscombe
Our school community is mourning the loss of Eugene Giscombe, Harlem Academy trustee and community leader, who passed away July 10, 2016. Gene was a longtime partner for the school, advising on business, organizational, and community  issues.  He was deeply committed to helping us build a permanent campus, sharing the school’s mission with friends and colleagues and engaging their help to move the school forward.  “In working with Gene, it was always easy to see why he was such a success in Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, July 9, 2016
Led by Dr. Farrell, RayJon inspects a water sample under a microscope from Lake George to identify various forms of plankton.
It’s 2 p.m. on Thursday in Troy, New York. A group of Harlem Academy fifth and sixth graders are coding a robotic car to navigate the angles, turns, and distances needed to exit a maze. A group of seventh and eighth graders are using laser thermometers to measure the effect of different insulation methods in models they built. Another group is aboard a boat on Lake George testing water samples for zooplankton and sodium under the supervision of leading freshwater scientists. These are just a Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Mr. Robertson developed a unique two-year curriculum on U.S. history.
Mr. Robertson researched and developed a unique two-year curriculum on U.S. history.
Harlem Academy’s middle school history teacher, Sean Robertson, was named New York State History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He was selected by a panel of teachers, administrators, and scholars for his use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration he provides to his students, and his career achievements in education.  “ Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, May 21, 2016
Taneyah and Misa perform in the 2016 ShakeSmack
Taneyah and Misa perform at the 2016 ShakeSmack.
For the fourth year in a row, Harlem Academy’s Shakespeare troupe was recognized for their outstanding work, this year earning both first and second place honors at the Classic Stage Company’s annual Shakespeare competition. Dubbed the “Shakespeare Smackdown,” the competition featured twenty-five middle and high school teams from across New York City, each performing short scenes from Othello. Their success is no Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, May 21, 2016
First graders greet guests at the 2016 Spring Benefit.
First graders greet guests at the 2016 Spring Benefit.
Harlem Academy held its annual Spring Benefit on April 28, 2016, raising more than $1 million towards scholarship support. This was the most successful event in the school’s history. The evening featured guest of honor, Clifford Alexander, a prominent civil rights adviser, who served as Secretary of the Army under President Carter and Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President Johnson. Read more...


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