Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem

Grades 6-9
Noteworthy
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What’s Special

Dedicated school staff with male role models for black and Latino young men

The Downside

New school has growing pains

Our Review

Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem aims to instill accountability and pride in young men of color. Each school in the Eagle network operates on the premise that an all-boys school with support and mentorship will foster positive livelihood outcomes for young men in communities where they are at high risk for incarceration. Modeled after the flagship Eagle Academy in the Bronx, Eagle Harlem uses rituals and rites of passage as tools to create cohesive bonds among students, staff, and the community. Many of the teachers are African American males, some alumni of Eagle Academy themselves.

The school day begins at 7:45 am with a school-wide assembly called “town hall.” Students and staff greet each other by last name and exchange friendly handshakes in the hallways. Each teacher has his or her own style–some wear t-shirts and jeans, others wear a suit and tie—but all are stern with a gentle touch. They maintain calm without raising their voices and encourage students to keep trying when they struggle. Teachers show uncommon dedication outside school hours: some male teachers take students on fishing trips, for example. A female teacher accompanied a student whose mother had died to the school’s annual mother-son dance.

 "Parents want to know their child is safe and cared for, and that they can walk into a space and feel good about it, “ said founding principal and Bronx native Mahaliel Bethea. “We have positive male role models who nurture our scholars in a no-nonsense kind of way."

Despite the positive environment, the school, opened in 2013, has had growing pains. Academic achievement, as measured by state tests, is low and some teachers complain about problems with discipline, according to school surveys. Bethea says staff initially focused academics on students with special needs, who make up nearly one-third of the school’s enrollment. Now, he says, staff are working to provide more challenge for top students, by for example, offering 8th graders the chance to take algebra and Living Environment, courses typically offered in 9th grade.

Bethea says he and his staff work to make the curriculum relevant to their students. For example, in an 8th grade English Language Arts class, students analyze classical poetry alongside the music lyrics of Brooklyn rap artist and activist Yasiin “Mos Def” Bey. Students read excerpts from the Autobiography of Malcolm X in the 7th grade before reading the complete work in high school.

The school day ends at 2:11 pm, with extended day programs until 5:00 pm, according to the school website. Eagle Harlem offers a full slate of extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities, including basketball, track, wrestling, soccer and golf, the only school in the area with a team.  

Through partnerships with organizations such as the Bridge Golf Foundation, the school’s golf team learns about the scientific and mathematical concepts connected to the sport. Students compete in citywide business pitch competitions through a virtual enterprise program. The school offers band instruction in the arts and drum line. “You can never get bored at this school,” a student tour guide told us. 

The “Sheltering Arms” after school group organizes community events.

Special education:  The school offers both “team-teaching” and “self-contained classes” with 12 students. Eagle Harlem has made considerable progress moving its special education students from Level 1 to Level 2 on state ELA exams, Bethea said.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Contact info@eagleharlem.org for more information. Upon acceptance, students are strongly encouraged to attend a two-week summer bridge program before the start of the school year where they participate in team-building activities. (Seaira Christian-Daniels, October 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
274
Asian
0.0%
Black
70.8%
Hispanic
24.8%
White
1.1%
Other
3.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Mott Hall HS and Kappa IV
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
86%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
43%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
67%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
30%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
56%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
84%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
67%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
73%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
12%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Theater
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time) and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
29%
38% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
43% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.69
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.76
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.3
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
64%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
69%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
69%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
71%
89% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Eagle Academy will prepare scholars for their choice of colleges and careers. Our young men will not only leave our program academically sound, but culturally competent and armed with a strong sense of self.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

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Location

6 Edgecombe Avenue
Manhattan NY 10030
Harlem (District 5)
Trains: 1 to 137th St - City College; 2, 3, B, C to 135th St; A, D to 125th St
Buses: Bx19, Bx33, M1, M10, M100, M101, M102, M104, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7

Contact

Phone
212-694-6051
Principal
Mahaliel H. Bethea Ii
Parent Coordinator
Christopher Graham

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