A Cup of Three C Tea

A taste of the Inwood Academy's focus on community-focused leadership, character development, and college preparedness.

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A Season of Gratitude and Giving

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

Though recent pandemic trends have brought more challenges and difficult decisions our way, this month has been full of gratefulness, generosity, and goodwill in our school – and we are confident there is more to come! In addition to dedicating our social media channels to reflections on gratitude, we have been working to put together […]

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Election Season Advocacy at Inwood Academy

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

While we have been hard at work ensuring the voices in our community will be heard on November 3rd, we are well aware that the work we do year-round has vast implications when it comes to advocacy, equity and justice. Here are a few ways we have been pursuing those goals this month.  Each month, […]

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Remote Learning & Support Round Two: Another Fall at Inwood Academy

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

“I am so proud of our teachers for the tremendous amount of work they have put into planning and executing this very different school year, from leading Professional Development sessions to hosting one-on-one office hours with students. Thank you for dedicating your time and energy to make this the best remote experience possible.” -Christina Reyes, […]

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Why One Mother Chose Inwood Academy

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

  Jhoselyn Almonte is the mother of triplets and rising seniors Jassani, Jassiahs and Jayden Ruíz, who have all been students at Inwood Academy since fifth grade.  Born and raised in the Inwood and Washington Heights neighborhood, Jhoselyn is a trained social worker who has worked for the Children’s Aid Society and New York Department […]

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La Casa del Pueblo: Honoring the Family of Ryan and Raldy Reyes

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

We have been using our social media platforms to give shout outs to some of our families who continue to do incredible work in and for our community. When we started to list the many ways the family of Ryan and Raldy Reyes (5th and 8th grade) serve our community, it became much too long […]

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Remote Learning Support and Reflections

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

Coronavirus/ like a new dark energy/ which was always here./ It was tiny,/ not familiar,/ until it spread like a wildfire/ leaving only its dark energy behind…/ But a dot of light can overcome the darkness…/ that the joy of life outside is being realized…/ and the earth is healing itself.  – excerpted from a […]

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Alumni Story

By: Fabian Garcia, 2018 Graduate

Hear firsthand from one of our alumni about the ways he has overcome disappointments in his post-grad life and followed his own path to creativity, leadership, and lifelong learning. I have always respected the arts and the powerful impact they have on people emotionally and physically. It wasn’t until I found dance that I was […]

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The Woodshop

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

“In our old high school building, there was an empty room we didn’t use, and I went in there one day with two kids and said, ‘what if we had a woodshop’? So I asked our principal at the time, and she was crazy, and she said yes.” -John Harrison, IAL teacher and founding member […]

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Grateful for Our Parents

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

I’m grateful our school’s culture isn’t one that says, ‘I’m going to impose on you what I think you need,’ but it says, ‘We appreciate you and the amazing power that you have. If you have not tapped into that power, we can help you do that.’ – Tatiana Mahoney We love the community we […]

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Meet the Alumni Support Team

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

can you print my resume? i’ll email it to you. i’m on my way. hey quick question. if i change my major, will the credits I’m taking right now go towards my major? Yo bro what building you at tomorrow? I need help with my LinkedIn.  I’ve got some good news, I got the job! […]

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All in One House – New High School Building Now Open

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

“There are a lot of equity issues in our community when it comes to school buildings. You can walk into a school in Lower Manhattan and be blown away by how beautiful it is, and then you walk into a school in Upper Manhattan and things are falling down, there are holes in the walls. […]

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Theater Inside and Out of Our Doors

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

“This isn’t about Broadway or the movies; this is life. This is us exploring ourselves, finding our voices, discussing relevant issues. This is cool.” -Rachel Bingman, High School Drama teacher Photo from IAL’s production of 12 Angry Jurors   Student Ginelly Rodriguez accepted into competitive playwright program   This month, Ginelly participated in the TDF […]

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Celebrating our Wrestlers

By: Sarabeth Weszely, Senior Writer

Our summer programming began this week, and we want to pause and highlight a couple of student athletes who have holistically embodied our core values this past year. Star wrestlers, excellent students, and faithful friends, it’s our honor to introduce Rudy Janga and Sujeydy Matos. Eighth grader Sujeydy Matos has been wrestling since she started […]

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Inwood Academy Family

By: Hazel Pina, Alumni Coordinator

We often talk about how Inwood Academy is not simply a place where we work or students go to school. We are a family, a community of members who care for and support our students beyond the doors of our classrooms. Since we are family, we had to ask ourselves what happens when our students […]

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What it Means to Care

By: Mary Hackett, High School Principal

Ashley Segura is a senior at Inwood Academy. She is passionate about writing, art, and music. We asked her if she would give a welcoming address to all students and faculty at Student Leadership Day on October 4th. The following is her address to our student body about what it means to care, show care, […]

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Student Leadership Day – Caring

By: Mary Hackett, High School Principal

Sometimes school doesn’t make sense to me. Illogical I know, being a High School Principal, but I struggle with the idea of schooling. Curriculum and instruction often focus too heavily on tests and it’s hard for me to always justify education in terms of those high stakes and percentages and scores. It’s not that those […]

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Senior Decision Day

By: Kenneth Tejeda, Director of College and Career Success

Our first graduating class holds a special place in the hearts of the Inwood Academy community. Our middle school and high school students and faculty joined together to celebrate the Class of 2018 on their Senior Decision Day and it was priceless. We started the day at our middle school. It was so moving to […]

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Black History, Black Culture

By: Inwood Academy

Aminata Gueye, founder and president of Inwood Academy’s Black Student Union, shares her thoughts on our country’s black history and black culture. Aminata is senior at Inwood Academy and has been president of our Black Student Union since 2016. Currently, there are 13 members in the group. Interview by Cindy Burgos Can you tell me […]

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Charter Advocacy Day

By: Jeannie Infante, Associate Director of Family and Community Engagement

On Tuesday, February 6th, Inwood Academy for Leadership joined hundreds of families in Albany to advocate for our school and celebrate 20 years of positive changes in public education. The New York City Charter School Center and the Northeast Charter Schools Network co-sponsors this annual event and  Inwood Academy has participated for 3 consecutive years. […]

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After-school at Inwood Academy

By: Inwood Academy

Inwood Academy for Leadership views after-school enrichment as an opportunity for experiential learning, character building and overall academic improvement. Thanks to community partners such as Play Study Win, the school can offer a breadth of recreational activities.

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In Solidarity

By: Raiderys Martinez, Middle School Director of School Culture

On Monday, October 9th, Inwood Academy for Leadership held an IAL Stands with Dreamers event. This was our third Family Day of Service and this year we chose to show our support of immigrants granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and their families. Despite the rain, more than 300 of us marched throughout […]

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Unity in Progress

By: Jeannie Infante, Associate Director of Family and Community Engagement

Update: See Seventeen Magazine article about Meliza Cepeda’s Unity in Progress mural design. “Unity is something that not only the Inwood community should have, but the whole world” said Inwood Academy senior Meliza Cepeda. Over the summer, community artist Reynaldo Garcia Pantaleón worked with students from Inwood Academy, Inwood Community Services, Inc. summer campers at […]

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Representing Our Community

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

Inwood Academy for Leadership has joined forces with our community of partners and families to provide a quality educational choice in Washington Heights and Inwood since we opened our doors seven years ago. We are a community of first- and second-generation immigrants, mainly hailing from Latino countries, mostly from the Dominican Republic. It is vital […]

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Growth Takes Time

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

The first two years of Inwood Academy for Leadership, our students experienced tremendous academic growth despite serving a large number of children with disabilities and English Language Learners. In 2013, the Common Core rolled out in New York state. The shifts in math and English Language Arts instruction left us with a much harder, but […]

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Charlottesville

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

It’s hard to turn on the television and watch events like the ones that recently took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s even harder to explain to our children why the events are happening. While we are outraged by the overt racism of the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK, this is not the only reason […]

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