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Stories and insights on excellent education.

Scholars Have Front Row Seat to Chess History at World Championship

Adam Fenton
December 2, 2016

My fourth-grade son, Seth, and his friends at Success Academy Union Square are chess-obsessed. Chess is an essential component of SA’s school design starting in Kindergarten, and the program creates super-fans. They follow the careers of the world’s biggest grandmasters, and last year many of [...]

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Our littlest mathematicians share conceptual math smarts with a global audience

Sarah Brickley – November 29, 2016

Classes at SA Bronx 1 and SA Hell’s Kitchen got a lot bigger (and a little taller) earlier this month, when forty-five educators from as far away as Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, and Israel saw Success Academy’s innovative math curriculum in action in our kindergarten and first grade classrooms. As an elementary school math manager who […]

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Teachers Use Literature, Art, and Poetry as Platform to Discuss a Contentious Election

Success Academy – November 21, 2016

The result of the 2016 presidential election has sparked heated discussions across the country — and at Success Academy’s 41 schools. The day after the election, scholars had many questions about the future of our country. Below, three educators describe how they addressed their scholars’ concerns, using art, literature, and spoken word poetry to create […]

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A Sixth Grader’s Take on the Presidential Candidates

Kessewa Bekoe – November 7, 2016

This election year, our middle school scholars are taking a hands-on approach to civics education. Middle schoolers ran their own simulation presidential campaign in history class last week to learn about the electoral college, fundraising, and the strategy behind campaign stops. The next day, they filled out a non-partisan framework that helped them decide what […]

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