Harlem Academy’s permanent new home is now complete and officially open at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood. The five-story building unifies the school’s operations and classroom facilities, which were previously scattered across three rented, non-contiguous storefronts.
Harlem Academy was originally founded in 2004 and serves students in grades one through eight. As of 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 classroom space, the structure offers bright new common spaces, a large cafeteria, flexible classrooms and learning spaces, and dedicated outdoor areas for recreation.
“Our new permanent campus is a vibrant space that provides a learning atmosphere designed to inspire, challenge, and support our students,” said founder and head of school Vinny Dotoli. “The move to the new building launches the next stage in our school’s evolution, allowing us to nearly double our student population and create even more robust programs. Most critically, it ensures a lasting pathway to opportunity 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.