Success Academy is a company that has charter schools in New York City. It has elementary schools, middle schools, and a high school. Success Academy was founded by its Chief Executive Officer, Eva Moskowitz, in 2006. Students at a Success Academy school achieve much better educational results than what a student in a New York City public school typically has gained.
In Common Core exams, only 29% of public school children were proficient in English and only 35% in math. At Success Academy, the results were 64% showing proficiency in English and 94% in math. Making these results even more amazing, many of the students at their schools come from some of the poorest communities in the city.
There are a number of reasons why Success Academy is so successful at teaching children in their network of 32 schools. Among these are that students wear school uniforms which elimanates some of the differences between students and other distractions from learning. Their schools also have a longer school day that feature about 33% more instruction time than what the areas public schools do. They also hold both the teachers and students to a high standards of conduct. Additionally, they expect a lot out of students with high expectation levels for each and every student. The biggest difference, though, is that they concentrate very heavily on what is being taught instead of how, with each child learning in the best way that suits them.
The motto of Success Academy is that “content is king”. Everything that children do serves a purpose which Eva Moskowitz calls “joyful rigor”. This carries through to how children learn about reading. At each grade level, each student reads and writes about one subject for six weeks like the American Revolution. In middle school, the students have more independent reading time that also includes a literature class. By high school, students at the Success Academy are highly independent readers and learners who have developed a passion for reading and learning as well.
JiRe10 May 26, 2017
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