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Posted by on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Today, we were filled with pride as our eighth graders took the stage to receive their diplomas – a joyous achievement not only for our graduating students but also for our entire community. After such a challenging year, it was wonderful to have our graduates’ close family members and the teachers who have guided them throughout middle school be able to safely gather in person to honor the class of 2021. The full ceremony was livestreamed so that younger students, team members, and supporters Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, June 10, 2021
When Tanéyah Jolly ’16 came to Harlem Academy in the fifth grade, she embraced our rigorous curriculum and pushed herself to excel. Her academic accomplishments were matched by her strong character. “Showing compassion for others and having the integrity to do so selflessly are both important values in my life,” she says. “Harlem Academy taught me that.” Tanéyah just completed her freshman year at Princeton University – a hard-earned achievement. In the video below, she reflects on her past Read more...
Tags: alumni, college
Posted by on Friday, June 4, 2021
Harlem Academy is deeply saddened by the loss of former trustee Bruno Bich, a longtime Harlem Academy supporter, advisor, and friend who passed away on May 30, 2021. For more than a decade, Bruno demonstrated a commitment to the success of our mission and our students. His wisdom and strength of character were invaluable as a trustee and, later, as an integral part of the school’s advisory council. Harlem Academy’s mission, creed, and guiding principles are the school’s driving forces, and Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Thursday, May 27, 2021
Earlier this month, our eighth graders presented their experiments at Harlem Academy’s fourth annual science fair. While this year’s virtual event may have looked different, the quality of our students’ work met the same high standards.  “Generating science experiments in a virtual, socially-distanced format is difficult, and our eighth graders did an incredible job,” says middle school science teacher Dr. Eric James. Students recorded digital presentations that were shown online and Read more...
Posted by on Friday, May 7, 2021
Congratulations to all of our future leaders! We are incredibly proud of our students from the class of 2021 and the class of 2017 for their secondary school and college placements. Each of our students and graduates has shown tremendous diligence and determination during this challenging year, and their hard work has paid off. We know they will thrive and continue to grow as they take this next step in their academic journeys.   Visit the Building Opportunity Campaign Page < Previous Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
We are excited to welcome Joshua Easterly to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Josh is a co-founding partner and co-president of Sixth Street, a $52 billion alternative asset manager. In addition, Josh serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Sixth Street Specialty Lending, Inc., a publicly traded specialty finance company.    Prior to co-founding Sixth Street, Josh was a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Americas Special Situations Group, which invested Read more...
Tags: leadership
Posted by on Thursday, April 29, 2021
Dear Friends,  At a recent Community Meeting, a second grader shared, "I know it’s been hard…but we can get through this together.” I often find it’s these small moments that most powerfully reveal our community’s resilience and perseverance. I hope you’ll watch the video below, which highlights students, families, and teachers embodying this sentiment.    I’m so proud that the academic rigor, joy, engagement, and connectedness that define Harlem Academy are as strong as ever, despite Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
As a freshman at Ithaca College, Maya Scriven ’16 is determined to use her creativity to amplify people’s voices – including her own. “I have always been an advocate for social justice, and I want to share the untold stories,” she says. Maya plans to major in film and television so she can give those narratives a platform. “I love telling stories through dialogue, camera angles, and editing techniques. Whether on my phone or a Canon Rebel T3i camera, I always have the record button on standby Read more...
Tags: alumni, creed
Posted by on Thursday, March 25, 2021
Each week, seventh grader Sofia, an avid reader, can’t wait for Thursdays to arrive. That’s when she gets to talk with her mentor Betsy Michel, a Harlem Academy trustee, about the book they’re both reading. The latest is “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah.  The two have formed their own book club of sorts, with Ms. Michel mailing Sofia copies of their upcoming picks. “One of the best things about mentoring is sharing our book recommendations, reading together, and talking about the books,” says Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Every year, after working closely with professional poets as part of Harlem Academy’s Visiting Poets Program, our sixth and eighth graders look forward to taking the stage and reciting their original pieces in front of a cheering audience. While they couldn’t step onto a physical stage this year because of the pandemic, they were still able to step up to the mic – virtually.   With insight beyond their years, our students rose to the challenge and delivered powerful original poems during a Read more...

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