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Success Starts Here


From the moment scholars join Success Academy in elementary school, we are committed to their success in college and in life.  Our schools function as one system, and as scholars advance, teachers and school leaders collaborate on each child’s academic and social-emotional welfare to ensure scholars transition smoothly.  We tailor our engaging and rigorous approach across each school level to teach core knowledge and critical thinking and then develop the independence and self-advocacy skills scholars will need to excel.

High School


With a rigorous curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, academic writing, and public speaking across content areas, our innovative high school prepares scholars to thrive in—and graduate from— four-year colleges. Scholars have the opportunity to pursue honors and STEM diplomas. Internships, international trips, college courses, robust electives, and summer programs provide scholars valuable opportunities to develop their passions. Our College Access and Persistence Counselors partner with scholars and families throughout high school to match scholars to their “best fit” college. We encourage college representatives to visit.

DAY IN THE LIFE


  • Good Morning, Scholars

    Before classes begin, small groups of scholars meet with advisors to share experiences, discuss ethical issues, gain practical life skills, and better understand the process of learning. This daily session builds self-awareness, empathy, and integrity.

  • Sports, Fitness, & Wellness

    Encouraged to embrace physical activity as enthusiastically as their studies, scholars participate in two years of fitness classes, and can play competitive Varsity and Junior Varsity sports all four years.

  • Math

    Our math curriculum emphasizes the use of logic and reasoning to demonstrate problem-solving as a method of inquiry and investigation. Algebra, geometry, statistics, and calculus make up the core courses; functions, history of math, and 3-D modeling are some electives.

  • Composition & Literature

    Rigorous courses focus on close analyses of life-changing works of poetry and prose. A cross-curricular writing requirement reinforces formal training in grammar, syntax, and style, with an emphasis on revision and self-editing.

  • Computer Science

    By the time Success scholars become freshmen, they have a solid grounding in computer science and proceed to advanced studies. All high school scholars are required to take two years of coding. These core courses emphasize coding methodology, along with problem-solving and algorithm development.

  • Lunch & Lab Block

    Through the lens of college persistence, Success Academy has created a revolutionary design for lunch time. For 90 minutes in the middle of each day, every scholar has “Lunch & Lab Block.” In addition to eating lunch, scholars decide how they want to spend their time during this period — just as they would between classes in college. They can visit teachers for office hours for support in mastering classroom content, or opt into a silent study hall. They might go to the gym, dive into their work in the dance or art studios, or enjoy social time. We know that many high school graduates reach college without ever having to manage their own time during the school day, so we have purposefully built Lunch & Lab Block to give them the opportunity to build that muscle.

  • Electives

    Courses such as "debate" and "chess" cater to scholars’ desire to supplement the core curriculum with the pursuit of their personal interests. We teach these in response to current events, major museum exhibitions, and other real-world happenings.

  • History

    We offer a four-year sequence of world history that starts in the eighth grade. Our curriculum features a global approach that delves deep into the context and social import of history, sharpening critical analysis and expository writing skills.

  • Science

    Daily, inquiry-based science is integral to our physics-first curriculum. Scholars gain a deep understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology; the importance of objective analysis; and the scientific skills they need as they observe the natural world. Several days per week, they visit the “Fab Lab,” a fully equipped, MIT-designed laboratory.

  • Book Club

    Since their earliest school days, Success scholars have luxuriated in frequent, long reading sessions. The emphasis on reading’s importance continues in high school, where every scholar joins a book club of their choice, with some book clubs being completely scholar lead.

  • Fine Arts

    There are three required introductory courses in fine arts: music, theater/dance, or visual arts. After learning the theories behind the practices, scholars move from the classroom to the canvas, the stage, or the music room and put into play the techniques they are studying.

  • Advisory & Dismissal

    Advisory sessions allow us to enhance every scholar’s capacity to acquire valuable skills and habits of mind that transcend the classroom: for example, balancing a checkbook or negotiating with peers. An afternoon advisory wraps up the day, and then classes are dismissed.

  • After School

    Scholars often stay later in the day to rehearse for the upcoming musical, practice their sport, or talk policy at a debate meeting. Campus stays open until 7:00 p.m., so scholars can freely pursue their passions after the demands of the school day.

APPROACH TO LEARNING


Guided by the Common Core and our goal to prepare scholars for college, our focus is on inquiry-based learning and excellent, student-centered teaching. We have designed a rich curriculum that fosters a sense of resourcefulness and integrity, a love of learning, and the ability to achieve goals. Our rigorous program demands high performance, and because high performance demands discipline and persistence, we comprehensively support social and emotional learning. We also support college readiness, guiding scholars through the college application and financial aid process so that every scholar lands at a college that is a good fit for them, and supporting them once they enroll in college.

  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Electives
  • Sports &
    Wellness
  • Humanities &
    STEM Block
  • Fine Arts
  • Computer
    Science
  • Honors
    Program
  • Math

    Success Academy focuses on the dual tenets of logic and reasoning to anchor its mathematics curriculum. Whether it’s algebra, statistics, or calculus, we believe mathematical proficiency is deeply rooted in the inquiry and investigation behind problem-solving.

     

    The STEM Track curriculum emphasizes academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Scholars accepted into the STEM Track at the end of their freshman year will add studies of calculus and trigonometry to their core requirements, along with mathematics modeling and applications.

  • Science

    A central feature of our high school science curriculum is the Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, a sophisticated computer and engineering workshop that includes a 3-D printer and a digital weaver. Acquiring and using cutting-edge skills in mechanical design, robotics, and automated systems, scholars produce mechanical parts, assemblies, and drawings; they also program and build robotic and automated systems and study quantitative physics, such as electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, and waves.

  • History

    A unique global context sets our history classes apart from the rest — scholars participate in a four-year world history sequence that integrates social science, politics, and anthropology to provide a complete and nuanced understanding of our past. Electives then enable scholars to pursue their own specialized interests in specific time periods and cultures.

     

    Scholars expand their sense of history to include European history, American history, and the development of the modern world. Through primary sources, scholarly resources, art, architecture, and archaeological evidence, scholars discover and explore major themes and topics that serve as a thread throughout the history of humanity. They gain a deep understanding of the concepts of empire, expansion, inequality, and modernity.

  • Electives

    As scholars advance grades and fulfill their core course requirements, they have more and more electives available to them. Considered a vital part of the curriculum, electives offer students an opportunity to discover their own skills, proclivities, and passions, broadening their experience of the world and providing avenues for self-expression.

     

    Juniors and seniors are offered the option of enrolling in a college or university course as an elective; such courses count toward graduation requirements and may also transfer as college credit.

  • Sports &
    Wellness

    We believe that the life of the mind is enhanced by physical wellbeing and an understanding of personal health. Our sports and fitness program, which consists of competitive sports, core courses, and health-related classes, emphasizes the development of skills, attitudes, and strategies that enable scholars to make healthy life choices. Our core courses embrace discussion of social issues like substance abuse, family living, and human sexuality. Scholars learn that wellness is not just about the body, but about the mental and social balance required to be one’s best self.

  • Humanities &
    STEM Block

    These alternating double class blocks offer scholars the extended opportunity to delve into interdisciplinary work within the Humanities and STEM fields.  For two hours per week, scholars participate in research, writing and group projects related to these fields.

  • Fine Arts

    In freshman year, scholars enroll in three introductory courses: music, performing arts, and visual arts. All three establish the overarching goals of our fine arts curriculum, which aims to further scholars’ creative growth and deepen their understanding of aesthetics and history. Classes begin with a survey of theory, then transition to a studio where scholars can implement the techniques and methods they’ve discussed.

     

    As always, we believe hands-on experience is the best kind of experience. When it comes to the fine arts, a grounding in theory and history is necessary, but scholars also need an opportunity to get their hands dirty — sometimes literally.

     

    In our studio classes, scholars get to explore and perfect their artistic skills, applying the theory they glean from the classroom. The studio also serves as a community of sorts, where peer discussion and informal critiques lead sharpen skills and create bonds.

  • Computer
    Science

    Freshmen take a full year of advanced computer science. This core course emphasizes coding methodology, with a concentration on problem-solving and algorithm development. Designed to prepare scholars for the Advanced Placement exam in Computer Science A, the course is the equivalent of a one-semester introductory college course in computer science.
    Computer science proficiency developed in the first year translates into the use of technology to tackle advanced math and science topics, with students immersing themselves in engineering and robotics software, as well as computer-driven activities in our science lab and a computer-aided design art elective.

  • Honors
    Program

    Scholars can opt to “honorize” a course that they are passionate about, which gives them the opportunity to do a self-proposed, in-depth research project in that field. Honors projects are guided by the teacher and must be defended before a panel of judges at the end of the term. Any scholar whose course load contains more than half honorized courses will graduate with an Honors Diploma.

Real-World Exposure


Along with academic rigor and character development, we cultivate personal growth through community service and real-world exposure. Younger scholars take on leadership roles to work toward improving the world around them. Juniors and seniors tackle internships, where they gain practical, hands-on experience in professional environments. By graduation, scholars have the intellectual and practical tools they need to succeed in college and beyond.

  • Community
    Service
  • Internships
  • College
    Prep
  • Community
    Service

    Required of all freshmen and sophomores, community service days seek to inspire in each scholar an active, lifelong commitment to helping the wider community. We aim to encourage the attitude that no beneficial task, however mundane, is undignified, and that the common good is the responsibility of all. Service to others is firmly rooted in American tradition and culture, and scholars will have the opportunity to reach out to others, organize tasks, and work within a community. In addition to community service through student clubs, the entire high school participates in Service Days, which consist of student-proposed service learning projects and student reflection.

  • Internships

    Practical, hands-on work experience is critically important to our scholars’ ability to pursue a rewarding career path. Internships in both the nonprofit and business sectors will be required of all seniors. Junior and senior scholars may work part time, during any trimester, and in conjunction with the internship complete other requirements, such as a portfolio of work or a journal. Success Academy has developed important partnerships with a wide variety of businesses, colleges, museums, and research institutes to identify meaningful intern positions where students can participate fully and gain insight about the working world.

  • College
    Prep

    Success Academy will provide personal attention and guidance to scholars, as well as practical advice and coaching to parents. Beginning in the ninth grade, scholars visit local college campuses; as they mature, they will explore regional and national options. Sophomore and junior scholars will learn to research schools, practice filling out applications, writing essays, and preparing for interviews. They will also meet with college representatives from a broad range of colleges near and far. Discussions will help scholars focus on their specific needs and goals.   
    Scholars and their families will be advised on financial aid options, loans and grants, and scholarships; personal finance counseling sessions will be offered as well. Counselors provide a level of attention and guidance on par with private schools, ensuring that each scholar has explored every opportunity thoroughly, with the goal of finding the best fit.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT


We Promise To:
  • Instill in scholars not just the curiosity and work ethic required to enrich their minds, but the independence and agency needed to succeed in college and beyond.
  • Ensure a balanced community, one that matches the ambitious goals of our curriculum with a small-school feel.
  • Provide a culture of high standards and personal responsibility that complements the deep, rigorous learning present in our classrooms.
  • Never compromise our mission to deliver an education that endures. Our philosophy isn’t about the short-term or the easy way — it’s about the difficult and necessary steps to achieving daily mastery and self-motivated inquiry.
We Expect Parents and Guardians to:
  • Encourage the hard work, discipline, and focus young people need to fully reap the rewards of their education.
  • Engage with the community. Strong school culture is a touchstone of our program, and parent involvement is critical in making co-curricular and community service events exceed expectations.
  • Support scholars’ interests and ambitions. We equip scholars with the tools to realize their own goals, not just the ones dictated by our curriculum.
  • Understand the process. The Success Academy program emphasizes how to learn as much as the learning itself, and therefore stresses mindset and attitude as much as preparation and practice. We want our scholars to see education as not a chore but a responsibility.