Success Academy is making it their mission to redefine what is possible in regards to public education. They are working to be able to build not only world-class, but also exceptional schools which will prove that children from any background has the ability to succeed not only in school and in college, but in life in general. Success Academy also makes it their mission to advocate all across the country to be able to change public policies that are currently preventing children from having better access to different opportunities.
Success Academy was founded back in 2006 and they currently are the largest as well as the highest-performing free, public charter school that is located in New York City. All children that reside in New York State are able to attend this charter school, including children who have special needs and those who are still currently learning English. Students are chosen for admission to Success Academy by a random lottery, which is held every April. Currently Success Academy is operating 41 different schools and serving 14,000 children.
Success Academy has scored as one of the highest-performing schools located in New York State for the eight consecutive year. They have scored in five of the top five schools in New York for math and also two of the top five for English. Students with different disabilities as well as those still learning English even surpassed their peers statewide as well as outperformed other students that don’t have disabilities as well as native English speakers.
In Math, Success Academy ranked in the top one percent. They also ranked in the top two percent in English and the top five percent in Science. Although Success Academy celebrates these achievements, they don’t consider scores from tests the only way to measure a student’s success and their education. Success Academy focuses on developing the whole child including making friends, chess, art, dance and even the look on a child’s face when they finally understand that math problem. Success Academy strives to continually make their schools a joyful and a happy place to learn for all students.
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