Success Academy Union Square
40 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
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About Our School:
We are excited to announce the opening of Success Academy Union Square in August of 2013. The school will start by serving with kindergarten and first grade scholars and will add a grade each year until it is a K-8 school. Located just East of the historic Union Square Park, the school will join a community that is already home to several universities (NYU and The New School) and a thriving cultural scene. Success Academy Union Square is easily accessible via several bus routes (M14, M1, M2, M3, M101, M102, M104) and multiple subway lines (4/5/6, N/Q/R, L)
Why This Neighborhood:
At the great schools, demand far outpaces supply.
There are many high-quality public schools accessible to families in the Union Square area – that’s part of the reason so many of us choose to live here! However, there are not nearly enough of these schools to meet the current demand.
We need more solutions to the overcrowding problem.
The 3 closest elementary schools to Union Square are all severely overcrowded. Combined, they enroll 323 more children than their buildings are intended to serve. One of these schools had the longest kindergarten wait list in Manhattan last year.
Not every building, however, lacks space. The school facility at 40 Irving Place between East 16th and 17th Streets — where Success Academy Union Square will open in August 2013 — has more than 1,000 seats opening up over the coming years. A desirable new school at this site will attract some families from the overcrowded zones, alleviating the incredible burden on those school communities.
Gifted and talented programs are excellent, but can be out of reach.
The number of children eligible for gifted and talented programs rose 20% compared to last year, and it’s 77% higher than in 2008. Many families simply cannot be accommodated. Parents need access to excellence and rigor even if children don’t get into these special programs.
For many, private schools are not an option.
For many of us, private school’s unaffordable and out of reach. Tuition is eclipsing $40,000 per year at many schools — simply not an option for many families. To guarantee a great education for our kids, parents shouldn’t have to choose between moving out of the city or paying private school tuitions.
More school choices mean less frenzy and anxiety.
The kindergarten admissions process can be confusing, time consuming, and incredibly anxiety provoking. Navigating the entrance tests and school interviews can seem like a full time job. Having another affordable option would make the process less stressful.
Parents near Union Square deserve as many affordable options as possible.
Success Academy Union Square, an excellent new neighborhood school, will open in August 2013. It is run by Success Academy Charter Schools, which runs some of the highest-performing schools in New York State.