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Posted by on Friday, June 5, 2015
This year, with the help of Chess NYC, Harlem Academy has set up a program to teach all of our students this classic game. National Chess Master Majur Juac leads classes with students from every grade, with each class meeting with him for one hour each week. Mr. Juac teaches students the basic rules of chess and then moves into strategy and maneuvers. Chess is a fun way to encourage planning, concentration, and problem solving. We have extended the program into next school year, adding an Read more...
Tags: chess, electives
Posted by on Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wassa Bagayoko '13 on the left. Photo courtesy of Jin Lee and the 9/11 Memorial.
Wassa Bagayoko '13 on the left. Photo courtesy of Jin Lee and the 9/11 Memorial.
On Monday May 18, Harlem Academy alumna Wassa Bagayoko graduated from a special internship program for high school students at the 9/11 Museum. The 9/11 Museum’s Ambassador Program provides 10th through 12th graders with an in depth, semester-long look into the events of 9/11 and their commemoration. Students participate in seminars on what led up to the terrorist attacks, the aftermath Read more...
Tags: alumni, history
Posted by on Monday, May 11, 2015
Harlem Academy students at the Shake Smack
Last week, three groups from Harlem Academy performed of scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the 2015 Shakespeare Smackdown (ShakeSmack) hosted by the Classic Stage Company out of Greenwich Village. Most of the teams were from high schools, but Harlem Academy teams of sixth through eighth grade students took both first and second place. In preparation for ShakeSmack and as part of our electives offerings, our 12 students worked hard over the past 4 weeks rehearsing their Read more...
Posted by on Monday, May 4, 2015
Posted by on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
3D model build by a Harlem Academy student
Yesterday, the grade-eight class visited the Rafael Viñoly Architects studio to present projects to a panel of architects. During the past five weeks of science class, students have been working on creating architecture projects with professional architects. Each student was tasked with designing a 400 square foot building for an existing open lot at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue that could serve the community. First, students developed a concept design, then they created perspective Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Visiting educators discuss the Singapore math program with our seventh-grade students.
Visiting educators discuss the Singapore math program with our seventh-grade students.
In 2008, Harlem Academy was the first school in Manhattan to adopt the innovative Singapore math curriculum. Recognized for its effectiveness in building skills and retention, the program focuses in greater depth on fewer core concepts than traditional math programs. Our student performance has shown inspiring results. Scores on standardized tests continue to rise, and more than Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ruby first grade
Ruby Avila started at Harlem Academy in first grade with a determined attitude. She quickly emerged as a productive and popular member of the class. By the end of second grade, she was thriving within our rigorous, engaging environment and earning strong grades. Then in 2009, Ruby’s mom Luisa Sanchez came to us with difficult news. As much as her family loved Harlem Academy, a job transfer required that they relocate to a small town outside of Albany. We bid farewell to Ruby, confident that Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, April 2, 2015
poetry class
Teacher Whitney Wood developed the poetry program in partnershipwith the Poetry Society. Above, Ms. Wood (r) and Charif Shanahan (c) of PSA observe as poet Ama Codjoe (l) works with grade-eight students.
This special evening is the culmination of a trimester-long collaboration between Harlem Academy and the Poetry Society of America. The innovative workshop model brings professional poets to Harlem Academy’s middle school classrooms to lead college-style seminars. Read more...
Tags: poetry, English
Posted by on Monday, January 26, 2015
Anais and Alexandria
We caught up with graduates Alexandria Brown ‘14 and Anais Marston ‘14 to hear about their experiences at Marymount and Spence. Did Harlem Academy leave you well prepared for a top high school?Anais: Yes!Alexandria: I have to send Ms. Wood an email. If I see her today, I am going to talk to her about how useful the little strategies she taught us are. Her literary analysis practice works!Anais: The transition out of Harlem Academy really felt seamless. It's been easy for me to switch schools Read more...
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Posted by on Monday, January 12, 2015
middle school girl writing
Recent research at Stanford and NYU shows that just the fear of being stereotyped can have a measurable impact on student performance. In his groundbreaking book "Whistling Vivaldi," Stanford professor Dr. Claude Steele shows that introducing students to a diverse group of adult role models can moderate the negative effects of these anxieties. Last spring Harlem Academy introduced a unit called “Mitigating Stereotype Threat” into our advisory program. Drawing on the experience of successful Read more...

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