New Harlem Academy opens at 655 St Nicholas Avenue

Harlem Academy officially opened the doors of its new permanent home at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue today.

Designed by Perkins Eastman and built with EW Howell as the managing contractor, the five-story, 29,000-square-foot building will expand the school’s impact to more students and strengthen its program.

The new campus has a bright and airy common entrance area; a large library; large, flexible classrooms with cutting-edge technology and abundant natural light; A coffee; and outdoor spaces dedicated to learning, play and sport.

Harlem Academy purchased the half-acre lot at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue seven years ago as the future site of its new campus. The school’s successful fundraising campaign raised more than $ 32 million for the construction of the new building, and the project began in August 2020.

The new location offers convenient access from Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx and is close to historic sites, parks, Columbia University and City College.

“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 is the next step in the evolution of our school, allowing us to almost double our student body and create even more robust programs. More importantly, it ensures a sustainable path to opportunities for generations of students to come. “

Founded in 2004, Harlem Academy is a private school for the K-8 grades with a mission to promote equity of opportunity for promising students. The school fills a critical gap in the education landscape as the only independent K-8 school in Manhattan focused on high potential students from underserved communities. Prior to the completion of its new campus, the school operated from three rented, non-contiguous storefronts.

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