The East Harlem School

About The East Harlem School

Our mission: The East Harlem School challenges students to develop a balanced physical, moral, and intellectual strength that they will use to adapt to change - and for the final purpose of creating and sharing lives of deep meaning, dynamic actions, and transcendent joy. We are a middle school (grades 4-8) that recruits children from families with low income and the highest values, and we give preference to those who keep to the traditional belief that creative flight can only be sustained by grounded discipline.

Our history: Exodus House has been an anchoring and iconic institution in Harlem since its founding in 1963 by Reverend Dr. Lynn and Mrs. Leola Hageman as a drug rehabilitation center. Due to a heightened concern for the welfare and well-being of the community’s many underserved, at-risk children, Exodus House was converted in 1984 to an after-school and summer program facility. Then, in the fall of 1993, inspired by the steadfast commitment of the Hagemans to the East Harlem community, the couple's sons, Hans and Ivan, opened an independent year-round middle school on the original Exodus House site to better address the critical needs of these children and their families. Today, EHS is chartered by the New York State Department of Education and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The East Harlem School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Teaching Intern

June 2019 - July 2019 New York City, NY
“I loved the full experience of teaching, designing lesson plans, and grading assessments. I also enjoyed how we got to design an elective class of our own (I co-taught a World Cultures elective, along with Humanities). Although we were given a lot of independence with our lesson plans, we also received helpful guidance and feedback during orientation and the rest of the internship. ”

Teaching Intern

June 2018 - July 2018 New York City, NY
“I loved the experience of teaching! I was teaching math and an elective of my choice. I chose to teach New York City history and had the freedom to design and teach the curriculum in whatever way I liked. It was great to see what kind of work went into teaching (I will be teaching after college) and get to lesson plan and lead a classroom on my own. ”
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