A child’s education is very instrumental during their formative years. Their education can equip them for college and for a successful life. However, our national education system isn’t always equipped to help students to learn and succeed, and as a result many children fall through the cracks and lag further and further behind. Parents may quickly become aware that public schools are failing, especially in metropolitan areas. Even well funded public schools sometimes produce dismal results. When homeschooling or private schools aren’t viable options, charter schools offer a promising alternative.
Charter schools often take students with economic and academic disadvantages and transform them with superior education and astonishing results. New York’s Success Academy public charter schools boast close to 100% proficiency rates in English and math. Success Academy believes that children learn best by doing. Their curriculum is engaging but rigorous, and teaches students core knowledge, critical thinking skills, and independence that will serve them their whole lives.
Success Academy is dedicated to each student’s long term success, and the school’s teachers and leaders collaborate to ensure the student’s academic, emotional and social welfare. Surprisingly, each day is comprised of only 80 minutes of instructional time, while the remainder of the day is made up of small group instruction and hands on learning. Rather than a monotonous day of sitting through lectures, students do the thinking so that their education is engaging and lasting.
While Success Academy offers several charter schools throughout New York City in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, they have only one high school in midtown Manhattan. Success Academy plans to remedy that by opening a new high school in the historic Old Bronx Borough Courthouse in Melrose. This location will allow opportunities for more students.
Success Academy Charter School students have scored among the highest-performing schools in New York State for eight consecutive years. Their scores reached the top 1% in the state for math, the top 2% for English, and the top 5% for science. Even English language learners and students with disabilities scored higher than their peers in the state, and even among English native speakers and non-disabled students.