The Harlem Academy’s new permanent campus will soon debut at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan where construction crews broke ground earlier this month.
Founded in 2004, Harlem Academy is a private elementary school for grades one through eight. The school currently operates out of three rented, non-contiguous storefronts with a student population of 125 children. The new campus will include a single five-story multipurpose building with 29,000 square feet of educational space.
Specific components include a library with a robust print and digital collection, classrooms, and flexible spaces that will support a variety of academic programming. The campus will also include outdoor spaces for sports, general recreation, and outdoor learning.
The entire project is designed by Perkins Eastman’s New York studio.
As a private nonprofit school, the funding for this project comes entirely from private contributions. Construction is expected to complete by 2021.
“After years of planning, support, and hard work by so many, it is inspiring to see construction begin on our new school building in the heart of the communities we serve,” said Vinny Dotoli, founder and head of the academy. “Our new home will ensure a lasting pathway to opportunity for generations of leaders to come.”