Success Academy is a network of schools in New York that is recognized for its unique approach to education. The percent of kids studying under Success Academy that were proficient in English and math was twice that of the average in New York. 94% of Success students were proficient in math compared to 35% across the board. It is already serving more than 10,000 students all over New York. The performance of the schools can be attributed to the unique approach that it takes compared to other schools. The students at the school are referred to as scholars. They are required to wear uniforms.
Success uses a blocks curriculum to teach children. The children work together in groups and then present what they have created to other students. Success Academy use THINK Literacy. This is an English Language Arts curriculum that they developed in-house. The program encourages independent reading, reading aloud, guided reading, and shared reading. They also developed their math curriculum after failing to find any that suited their needs. These curricula meet the Common Core State Standards. This is why the proficiency in English and Math is high.
Students at the elementary level complete two projects each year based on what they have learned. Students take literature classes when they reach middle school. They are given more independent reading time. They are also given iPads that contain books, and they are required to read seven texts across different subjects. Every student at Success takes a full-period science class each day. The classes start from kindergarten and are experiment-based to keep students engaged.
The students participate in various extra-curricular activities including chess, music, art, and programming. Children teams have begun to win national awards because the children engage in these activities from a young age. The teachers at Success are taken through a four-week program before they start their jobs. Success trains its teachers to make sure that they can handle to teach the students in an engaging manner. Eva Moskovitz said that the teachers are responsible for the impressive results that they have witnessed. Eva is the founder of Success Academy.