Success Academy is a free public charter network of schools founded by Eva Moskowitz in 2006. Currently, the network has 41 schools with 14,000 students. The schools are redefining the meaning of public schools by providing world-class education curriculum. Success Academy has established its schools in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan. Even though the schools are open to every child, students from low-income households are the majority consisting 76 percent. Almost 9 percent are former and current English Language Learners and fifteen percent, special needs students.
Success Academy has a good track record in their students’ performance since it opened its first school. That can even be seen by the number of applicants they receive every year. The network does not compromise when it comes to discipline either.
Success Academy formula for learning is giving the students only eighty minutes of direct instruction every day. The rest of the time, the scholars are engaged in hands-on learning and small group instruction. This system gives the students opportunity for thinking work; as much as the formula is fun, it is meant to be deep and lasting. The network of schools believe that students have limitless potential to think and achieve a lot, so they give them the opportunities for discovering, engaging and inquiry.
Success Academy in the quest of improving the American Education created an online platform that will enable them to share their curriculum with other schools. Success Academy Education Institute is expected to grow the footprint beyond the network. Eva Moskowitz, while launching the platform said that she noted many students across the country do not get the chance to learn the basic science and mathematics. Hence, her pursuit to be part of the solution to help those children; she believes the platform will be of a big help.
Charter schools including Success were granted a win by the state appeals court after it ruled that the city cannot regulate a charter school’s prekindergarten programs. The win came after a long dispute that began when the city denied Success Academy kindergarten funding after they could not sign the contract the city provided.