It is no wonder Success Academy has a long waiting list every year with parents vying at the hope of their child becoming a student. With high rankings such as being in the top 1 percent in all of New York for math and in the top 2 percent for English, Success Academy is the highest-scoring school system in the state.
Founded in 2006 by Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy has grown into 41 schools with 14,000 students. 76 percent of students come from low-income households and 15 percent are students with special needs. Their mission is quite clear; they want to “build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove children of all backgrounds can have success in college and life.”
It is their hopes that with their success, Success Academy will be an advocate for changes in the public school system, so that all children across the country have access to opportunities that will guide them through becoming successful adults.
From elementary to high school, students of Success Academy experience a rigorous approach to learning. Not only are they taught core knowledge classes, they are taught skills that are essential for becoming independent. By using real world experiences in addition to classroom curriculum, students are able to gain a better understanding of cultural experiences that they may not have been able to be exposed to.
Students receive only 80 minutes a day of direct instruction from a teacher that stands in the front of the class, teaching lessons. For the rest of the day, students are exposed to hands on learning in which they can engage, discover and have fun during their lessons. Success Academy does not consider only the test scores when measuring a child’s education; they focus on developing every aspect of the child.
Once a student becomes of high school age, Success Academy has set in place amazing opportunities for their success as a college student, with internships, international trips, summer programs, honors and STEM diplomas and students can even take college courses. Not only is Success Academy developing students that have outstanding knowledge of school curriculum, they give their students the tools to become leaders and to make a difference in the world.