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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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, 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, Director of Family and Community Engagement

“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 IS 52, and students from Gregorio Luperon High School for Math and Science […]

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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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Fostering Tech Talent at Inwood Academy

By: Daniel Gaffney, High School Assistant Principal

Preparing students for both college and careers is a priority for Inwood Academy. When we engage our students in thinking about a career opportunity, it builds a sense of hope and optimism about their future. To foster this preparation, we bring in partners who volunteer their time to educate and inspire our students in the field […]

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Collaborating with Community and Across Curriculum

By: Wendy Leigh Curtis, High School Studio Art Teacher

As I reflect on my students’ efforts, I see their commitment to learning and serving our community as a reflection of their pursuit to succeed in postsecondary education and career. While I am proud of the work we do at Inwood Academy, we could not do it without our extended community. With support from Lowes […]

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Awards and Honors

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

Since our school opened its doors to our first class of fifth-grade students seven years ago, award ceremonies have placed an important role in how we recognize students’ hard work and achievements. On June 7, our Academic Ceremony for grades nine to eleven recognized individual students’ achievements in academics, arts, athletics, community service, character, and […]

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Reflecting on my internship at Inwood Academy

By: Josmel LaFontaine

In between the stairway steps at the high school you see the letters V A L U E S as you enter the building. The word is a part of a sentence “Our values can change the world.” It’s meant to inspire the students as they bustle up the stairway. It’s likely that over time […]

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Congratulations to this year’s National Junior Honor Society Students!

By: Valerie Hoekstra

This week, we held our 2017 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony. The NJHS is the leading organization that recognizes exceptional middle school students who have successfully demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Our seventh and eighth-grade students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA average to be accepted […]

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Anything is Possible

By: Kenneth Tejeda, Director of College and Career Success

We tell our students that anything is possible and we bring mentors, like Arel Moodie, into our school who can reinforce what we teach. We do this to help students build self-confidence. Arel Moodie teaches young people that anything is possible. He spoke to our high school students about how to succeed in college through […]

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Beyond School Walls

By: Daniel Gaffney, High School Assistant Principal

Too often, people take for granted that kids have access to certain things. Some assume that any child who lives in a vibrant urban city has experienced many of its free learning resources. At Inwood Academy, we take full advantage of what New York City has to offer by taking our students on field trips. […]

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IAL Walks Against Bullying

By: Jeannie Infante, Director of Family and Community Engagement

More than 300 members of our Inwood Academy community—adults, children, and teens—enjoyed the beautiful weather on October 10, the day we held a Walk Against Bullying. This walk was the focus of our first annual Family Day of Service event and not only did our staff and families participate in the walk through Inwood Hill Park […]

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Artwork in Action

By: Valerie Hoekstra

On Monday, September 19, Frenando Olivencia’s and his eighth grade English students participated in a global Artwork for Action: Refugees and Migrants Summit campaign. They joined World Vision’s International President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Jenkins in writing messages to the world leaders who attended the United Nations Refugees and Migrants Summit in New York […]

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Why I’m Excited About Athletics this Year

By: Jason Marchena

August 29th was the first day of school. On that first day, many emotions were detected in the students, both hopeful and doubtful. However, for a student-athlete, the cheers and excitement of last year accompanied them as they came into a place that signifies triumph. The triumph in being the New York City Charter School […]

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What I Learned This Summer

By: Denise Canniff

Gabriel is a 10th-grade student at Inwood Academy and he is sharing with us what he learned while working as an intern at the high school this summer. This summer has been great. I’ve had a positive experience and great support at my first summer job, which was very exciting. I learned many things about […]

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Embracing Mistakes and Feedback

By: Valerie Hoekstra

There is a science behind learning from your mistakes, after all, learning is a process, but how do you teach that concept to students and how do you encourage them to take advantage of feedback they receive from their teachers? One of the ways we accomplish this at Inwood Academy is to display classroom work, […]

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