Marina Levin via Crowdrise
February 13, 2012
I would like to support Harlem Academy because it is a unique project that helps bright, motivated children in Harlem advance to top secondary and high schools. It gives children from low income families an opportunity to receive high quality education and eventually to get into colleges. Please help me in this undertaking. Every dollar will make a difference!
Harlem Academy is an independent school (grades 1-8) that prepares bright, motivated students for success at top secondary schools and lifelong learning. The school offers merit-based admissions, cultivates strong family partnerships, and ensures its economic diversity by meeting all demonstrated need for tuition support.
Brief history of this organization:
In 2001, Vincent Dotoli enrolled at Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership to research and design a new school. He worked alongside Mark Tashjian, the head of school at Burr and Burton Academy (VT), and Nicolas Shea, an education reformer from Chile. Their project connected to a community ensnared by long-standing educational neglect and exposed a void in offerings for high-potential children. Planning continued for two years, and the school welcomed 12 grade-one students in September 2004.
Harlem Academy began its journey as Harlem Episcopal School. The name originated from a partnership with Harlem’s historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, whose rector, Dr. Johan Johnson, shared the school’s vision and aided in its incubation. In July 2005, the school relocated its operations and classes to its present location and was renamed Harlem Academy.
The founding plan focused on systematic, results-driven program development. The team added one grade for eight consecutive years, and the inaugural class will graduate in June 2012.