At the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Success Academy schools served about 9,000 students in 32 schools. Success Academy planned to open additional schools within the next few years, growing to serve an estimated 21,000 students from kindergarten through high school. This number would represent about 2% of New York City’s students.
In New York City schools, Common Core-aligned test scores show that 35% of students were proficient in math and 29% were proficient in English.* Compare these scores to the exam scores of students at NYC’s Success Academy schools. At Success Academy institutions, 94% of students were rated as proficient in math and 64% were rated as proficient in English.
Students at Success Academy schools don’t simply learn to read and write; they learn to “think.” These schools have developed their own English Language Arts curriculum, called THINK Literacy. An enhanced version of balanced literacy models, this program emphasizes four areas for kindergarten and elementary school students:
- Guided Reading
- Read Aloud
- Reading Workshop
- Shared Text
The middle school curriculum adds a literature class and independent reading time to these building blocks of literacy and critical thinking. Science education begins in kindergarten, and Success Academy schools offer a challenging STEM curriculum.
At Success Academy Schools, parents and teachers meet regularly to come up with an Action Plan individualized for each student. Students’ family and friends are invited to participate in special events such as the First Grade Art Show.
Fourth grade students at all Success Academy Schools take a course in ballroom dancing. They then participate in the Colors of the Rainbow dance competition with students from schools across NYC.
High school students at Success Academy participate in an annual Service Day in which they’re given opportunities to work with organizations that serve the local community.
With the Success Academy curriculum, students learn how to learn. The critical thinking, experiential learning, and problem solving skills they acquire at a Success Academy school will serve them for life.