The new permanent home of Harlem Academy is now complete and officially open at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The five-story building unifies school operations and classrooms, which were previously scattered across three rented, non-contiguous storefronts.
Harlem Academy was originally founded in 2004 and caters for grades one through eighth. Last year, the school’s population was capped at 125 students.
The new building is designed by Perkins Eastman and comprises approximately 29,000 square feet. Beyond the classroom space, the structure offers new bright common areas, a large cafeteria, flexible classrooms and learning spaces, as well as outdoor spaces dedicated to leisure.
“Our new permanent campus is a dynamic space that provides a learning atmosphere designed to inspire, challenge and support our students,” said school founder and director Vinny Dotoli. “The move to the new building launches the next step in the evolution of our school, allowing us to almost double our student population and create even more robust programs. More importantly, it ensures a sustainable path to opportunities for generations of students to come. “
The new building will allow the academy to double its population and enrich the education of more students in the local community.
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