Since the launch of their first location in Harlem, New York City’s Success Academy has set itself apart from the public school system. Since it’s founding as a charter school it has functioned outside of that system, and the results from day one have been a dramatic success.
Growing from the first school in Harlem, founded by former city council member Eva Moskowitz in 2006, to include over 30 locations scattered throughout most of New York City’s boroughs, the academic achievements of Success Academy students have made it a school that parents want to send their kids to.
The beginning of 2017 finds Success Academy receiving more than 17,000 applications which is more than four times the number of available seats. This growth shows no signs of slowing down, and as a result Success Academy has needed to expand along with it. New locations continue to open as space becomes available.
Behind this incredible success and a waiting list of more than 10,000 applicants is a teaching approach that pushes beyond accepted standards of the public institutions. The students of Success Academy tend to test high above their public school counterparts in part due to courses being highly challenging. At Success Academy, the tough academic curriculum is helping to produce students who actually want to learn, and eventually leave the institution as educated members of society who are ready to contribute to society.
An in-depth discussion with Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz, found at the school’s website: http://www.successacademies.org/news/interview-with-eva-moskowitz/ and originally published at: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/k_12_education/interview_with_eva_moskowitz, reveals some of the classroom tools that Success Academy teachers and administrators are using in greater detail. While some of the curriculum and methods may seem unconventional in comparison to the accepted ways things have always been done they are producing extraordinary results that speak for themselves.