Success Academy prides itself on being the highest and largest performing free, public charter network in all of New York City. The network consists of 41 free, public schools that were founded on the premise that each child can succeed at an extremely high level. Admission to the 41 schools is open to all children in New York state including English language learners and those with special needs. However, the admission process is done through a random lottery that is conducted each April.
Success Academy’s network of 41 schools serves about 14, 000 students in the Bronx, Brooklyn Queens and Manhattan. The student population across the network comprises of 93% of students who are children of color, 15% former and current special needs students, 8.5% former and current English language learners and 76% of the students are from low-income households.
Since Success Academy is accredited by the State University of New York’s Charter School Institute, it operates with more independence as opposed to zoned schools. Nonetheless, the network of free, public charter schools is held accountable to the New York state for student performance. Just like other charter schools, Success Academy Charter Schools is subject to reviews after every five years, which determine whether a school should continue to operate.
Founder of Success Academy
Eva Moskowitz is acknowledged for founding Success Academy Charter Schools in 2006. Aside from being the founder, she serves as the schools’ chief executive officer. Over the years, Eva has worked in different capacities such as a college professor, teacher, chair of the New York City Council’s Education Committee and elected official. This vast experience makes her a qualified leader for Success Academy Charter Schools.
Success Academy has created a name for itself as the leading high-profile charter school network in New York. Recently, the network won the highly-coveted $20,000 Broad Prize for its success in boosting academic performance and closing achievement gaps for both children of color and low-income children. During the acceptance of the prize, Eva Moskowitz asserted that her aim is to grow Success Academy to 100 schools with a student population of 50,000.