With an intense focus on improving student literacy, The Success Academy is redefining and revitalizing the possibilities for public education.
The Success Academy, which was launched in 2006, is New York City’s largest and highest performing free, public charter school network. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated.
The 41 schools, that span across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, currently boast 14,000 students, primarily low-income children of color in underprivileged neighborhoods.
Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy’s founder and chief executive, is a former teacher, college professor, elected official as well as a public school parent. According to Moskowitz, she launched the school with two objectives in mind: to open high performing schools and to mainly make education better.
On proficiency tests, the school ranked in the top 0.3 percent in math and the top 1.5 percent in English among all New York State schools last year.
Success Academy has cultivated its own English Language Arts curriculum, which include writing workshops, THINK Literacy and its own Math curriculum, which include a carefully set of designed activities.
THINK Literacy provides teachers with training on what and how to teach as well as developing fundamental thinking skills.
Moskowitz said in a statement the school intends to pick up the pace for better educational changes and improvements across the country.
Success Academy recently revealed it will be making the school’s Education Institute, (www.successacademies.org/edinstitute), available to educators around the country.
The online platform shares parts of the school’s design, access to the curriculum information for planning, managing and carrying out the work of education.
This year Success Academy schools received more than 17,000 applications for less than 3,000 open seats. The U. S. Department of Education awarded the Success Academy a National Blue Ribbon and the charter school received the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.