Nowadays sending children to school can be a stressful thing, if children are not getting the kind of education necessary to be successful. Charter schools have more freedoms than public, but struggle at times for funding, and sometimes public schools, kids fall between the cracks. In New York, Success Academy wants to change and is changing the way school is, to meet the needs of education for children. Started in 2006, by Eva Moskowitz, who has experience as a teacher and college professor with own children in public school, she saw that education needed to be altered for kids in New York to be more than just proficient, but to carry them to college.
Eva has also served as an elected official and is Chair of the New York City Council’s Education Committee and can see firsthand how much demand there is for better schools and better futures; she is uniquely qualified for heading Success Academy.
Success Academy is a public charter school which is free to all New York students, including special needs children and former English Language Learners, via a random lottery held every April. From the time students enter kindergarten, children are taught to love reading, solving fun math work, working in groups, and applying real life experiences to the learning curriculum, something they might not get elsewhere. By the time students reach high school, they are preparing for college with the courses they take, learn public speaking, summer internships, and working with school counselor’s to find the right college.
The change for students in Success Academy in New York has been phenomenal. The school has been one of the highest performing schools in the state over the last eight years. Success Academy ranks in the top 5% of schools in the state in science, top 1% in math, and top 2% in English, and even students with disabilities and English Language Learners performed high, even better than students without disabilities and native English speakers, in New York. Parents in New York have choices, and what could be better than a school that is consistently outperforming others.