Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Attendance could be better

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.

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, and more than half the students miss at least a month of school, according to data. 

The 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. 

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Contact [email protected] 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; principal update March 2022)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
72%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
50%
Average daily attendance
 
68%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
86%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

325
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
39%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
81%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
42%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
17%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
58%
1.6
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
127
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
58%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
8%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
3%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
8%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
12%

Music

 
74%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
44%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
85%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
60%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

6 Edgecombe Avenue
Manhattan NY 10030

Trains: 1 Line to 137th St-City College; B Line, C Line to 135th St

Buses: Bx19, Bx33, M1, M10, M100, M101, M102, M104, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7


Contact

Principal: Lakia Washington

Parent Coordinator: Christopher Graham

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Mott Hall HS

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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