If you are involved in the New York City education system, you have probably heard of Success Academy. A charter school network with 41 schools currently in its system, and serving more than 14,000 students.
What you may not know is why Success Academy was founded and how successful it has been since it came into existence in 2006.
Why was Success Academy founded — Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz started Success Academy after being involved in the New York City education system for many years, and seeing first-hand how low-income children and children of color are so often left behind.
Not because of any failings on their part, but on the failings of New York City school districts.
So Moskowitz started Success Academy in an attempt to improve education for some of the city’s children, and to specifically target those children nobody else is trying to help.
How successful is Success Academy? — The organization is now responsible for 41 charter schools in the New York City area. These schools accept children from all over New York, with a random lottery deciding which children will be accepted every year.
Each Success Academy school concentrates on providing a free, high-quality education for all its students, as well as on advocating for a change in educational laws so more children get the same advantages.
Almost 93 percent of the children accepted at Success Academy schools are children of color, and the majority are from low income families. Some also have special needs.
All of these children are given an education that includes not only instruction in the typical core subjects, but also critical thinking skills so they are equipped to excel.
Last year, every one of the organization’s elementary and middle schools were in the 90th percentile of schools in New York state in a variety of subjects, including both English and math.
So successful is the network in teaching the children in it, other charter schools around the country are now looking to it for leadership and help.
Founder Eva Moskowitz now says her goal is to serve 50,000 New York City students in the next few years.