What is Success Academy and how is it changing the New York education system?

If you have a child in a New York public school, or work in the city’s education system, you have probably heard of Success Academy. If you have not, do not worry, you soon will.


That is because Success Academy is changing the New York City education system to such an extent, other people in other cities are looking at what they are doing and considering emulating their success in their own city.


What is Success Academy?Success Academy was founded in 2006 by CEO Eva Moskowitz and is a charter school network that aims to give every child the same chance to succeed. Whether they come from low-income families, have special needs, speak English as a second language or are children of color.


In the 11 years it has been in existence, Success Academy has opened and run 41 charter schools around the New York area, and currently provides a quality education for approximately 14,000 children.


How is Success Academy changing the New York education system? — In New York City, just like many cities around America, children from low-income families, those who speak English as a second language and children of color often fall through the cracks when it comes to getting a good education.


They are placed in schools in school districts with too little money, too much violence and with few opportunities for a high quality education. Their opportunities and, thus, the standards they are able to achieve, are often set to a low level before they even have a chance.


Success Academy was founded to create schools for children such as this. Schools that offer them a high quality education, and that give them every resource to be able to learn and to succeed.


These schools are set up in an effort to close the ever-widening gap between under-privileged children and those that start off their lives with every educational opportunity.


Eva Moskowitz has been so successful with the goals she set out to achieve, schools within the Success Academy network are now some of the highest-performing in the state.


In 2016, all of their schools below the high school level appeared in the top 10 percent of schools in New York State when it came to subjects like English, science and math.


Replication of results — Success Academy has been so successful in what it set out to achieve, it is now helping other charter schools around the country replicate its results with the implementation of an online digital platform.


The platform will share all of the organization’s curriculum, educational materials, school set up information and training systems so other charter networks have the resources to do the same thing.


Success Academy Students Earn Top Performance Resulting in Expansion Expectations

Success Academy has a total of 41 charter schools within all boroughs of New York, with the exception of Staten Island. The charter has recently expanded to add another high school to its network which will provide 1,200 new students educational opportunities in the Bronx.


In April of each year, Success Academy grants students access to their charter schools through a lottery pool. This year the school received more than 17,000 applications from students. Leaders of the charter are hoping to see another expansion in the network in order to allow more students to attend the schools in the coming years.


Families, who want their students to receive the type of top education which Success Academy provides, see the idea of expansion as a welcomed solution. With the exceptional outcome of the schools performance each year, the charter network has seen an increase in the number of applicants. This increase goes to the core of the educational efforts put forth by the teachers of Success Academy.


With a one to one relationship with each teacher, students are afforded a more supportive role in learning. The curriculum by the teacher starts with 80 minutes of direct instruction-learning, followed by individual one to one learning which is broken down in much smaller groups. This advanced learning platform has provided students a better opportunity to become fully engaged with their learning, and the teachers have been able to reach a core line within the student’s capabilities to learn.


In 2016, for the eighth consecutive year, Success Academy has over-achieved with top performing test scores. The outstanding student results included 95 percent proficiency in math and 82 percent proficiency in English. In addition, students considered as English Language Lerner’s exceeded their peers statewide.


Many of the students of Success Academy come from low-income families making up 76 percent of the projected 14,000 applicants each year and 95 percent are minorities. With 2017 results totaling 17,000 applicants; 5,600 from the Bronx alone, an expansion development is  the key to students being able to receive the top education which Success Academy has offered since being founded in 2006.