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This newspaper discusses the lack of funding provided to the school, but also talks about how the teachers believed the students could make it” because they deserve the opportunity. I think this newspaper article is important because it shows that the teachers made sure their students “made it” -- which was, in part by making sure they had a college acceptance. Even though the school lacked sufficient funds, the students were guaranteed success because a college acceptance was a requirement to graduate. This article mentions the struggles the students faced and how they overcame them because their teachers believed in them. We believe that this amount of teacher support is a major key to success.
This newspaper article talks about Dr. Ben, a Harlem Prep teacher who taught African History and how that class was popular among students. Providing classes that are interesting and appealing students is another contributor to Harlem Prep's success. When students have a passion for learning about a certain topic, they work more efficiently. Harlem Prep had a large variety of classes. Their classes ranged from typical math and science to African American studies and philosophy. This large variety of subjects increased the chances of getting students’ interest.The school gave students more than an education, it gave them the opportunity to learn about themselves and their history. These students were passionate about school and enjoyed learning.
“The school housed in the old Manhattan School of Music, 234 East 105th Street, is run informally and offers courses, in reading, mathematics, and occupational subjects. “It’s a different school because it involves the community” one of the students, Diane Tucker, said at the hearing. “everybody works together. Everybody likes everybody.” Lois Jerez, a student leader, said: “I like to talk to teachers as friends. We treat each other as persons. It’s a community center. We’re like a family that helps each other.”” This once again shows that the students had a sense of cummunity. They treated each other like family despite their status differences. The teachers treated the students with respect and in return the students treated the adults with respect. This is very different from other schools, which have the "I'm the teacher, your're the student" attitiude. This is what made Harlem Prep different and unique. The faculty and students at Harlem Prep had a bond like no other and were closer than most students and teachers in other schools. This sense of community created a bond that has held up for over fiftey years. Even now, the alumni feel the sense of community and have only good things to say about their experiences at Harlem Prep.
In this clip here, Aissatou, a former Harlem Prep students explains how it was at Harlem Prep. Students were so engaged in their learning and academic discussions that they often stayed came early and left late. These students had had an enjoyment for learning and this is another factor that led to Harlem Prep’s success.