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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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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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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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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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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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Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Character

By: Valerie Hoekstra

Parents, families, students, faculty, administration and friends of Inwood Academy celebrated scholars at the 2016 National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recognizes the highest achieving students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS welcomes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Character. […]

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Staff Blog Series: 10 Questions in 5 Minutes with Stacy Woodard

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

10 Questions in 5 Minutes is our new blog series in which staff members are interviewed. The first post in the series is with our new High School Principal in Residence Stacy Woodard. You can read more about her on our Leadership page. 1. What’s your favorite book? My favorite book is by T.D. Jakes […]

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Q&A with new Middle School Director – Part 1

By: Denise Canniff

Valerie Hoekstra has led the school’s special education and academic intervention services since Inwood Academy launched in 2010 and was named its Middle School Director in June 2015. She was one of the authors for the original Charter School Application in 2009, outlining how the school would serve students with special needs. For the past five […]

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Oh How the Years Go By!

By: Christian Guerrero

One of our founding teachers recently came upon a class picture of our now 8th grade students when they were in 5th grade – our first class of Inwood Academy. These kids are like our babies, our first born, our princes and princesses! The first thing I saw was the obvious differences in appearance. The […]

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