Proposed New Schools
Success Academy Charter Schools – NYC (SA) is applying to the Trustees of the State University of New York to open new public charter schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens (“New Success Academies”).
The mission of each charter school will be to provide students with an exceptionally high-quality education that gives them the knowledge, skills, character, and disposition to meet and exceed New York State standards, and the resources to succeed and lead in school, college, and a competitive global economy.
The schools will serve low-income and/or mixed-income students residing within the Community School District (CSD)* of location, including English Language Learners and students with special education needs. The aim would be to educate all students at the same high level, irrespective of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and/or other status. We deeply believe that economically and racially integrated school settings provide important benefits to both students and the community. Students from low-income families benefit academically from attending mixed-income schools, and the establishment of high-quality mixed-income schools raises the bar generally for lagging middle-class schools. It is a core principle at Success Academy that every child should have access to a high-quality public school option.
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Grades and Enrollment
If approved, the New Success Academies would open in August 2015 and August 2016 with Kindergarten and 1st grade, and add one grade each year until they serve Kindergarten through 12th grade (pre-Kindergarten, middle school, and high school grades subject to government approval). The planned total enrollment in the school’s fifth year of operation is 600-675 students.
The academic program will include daily reading, writing, math, and exploratory-based science instruction, as well as chess, art, sports, and frequent field studies, among other offerings. On any given day, students might dive into a good book, hypothesize about whether an object will sink or float, mold a papier-mâché dragon head, sing songs, solve the word problem of the day, challenge a fellow student in chess, write a compelling story, or score the winning soccer goal. Success Academy scholars are critical thinkers who love learning and are college-bound.
In elementary school, the school day will run from 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Kindergarten and until 4:30 p.m. for all other grades, except one day each week, when the school day will run from 7:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Extensive professional development will be provided for teachers on those afternoons. Teachers will use student assessment data to drive instruction and employ a research-based, results-driven curriculum that goes beyond New York Common Core Learning Standards.
Success Academy Charter Schools is applying to open four new public charter schools in August 2015, and ten new public charter schools in August 2016. In support of its application, Success Academy is seeking community input in the following districts and boroughs:
*SA is applying this year to open schools in August 2016 to allow for an additional planning year.
We welcome your comments. Please use the form below to submit your comments and be sure to select the CSD, if any, to which your comment refers. To leave a voicemail with your comments, please call 646-747-6196, and be sure to specify the school your message concerns. We want to serve your great community, and we will endeavor to incorporate the community’s input as we embark on this exciting mission. We look forward to working with you and becoming an integral part of your community.