A few weeks ago one of our ninth-grade scholars delivered a welcome address to a group of distinguished guests at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts.
This is why I stood with many Success Academy and district school parents in Lower Manhattan last month and delivered an urgent message to the city: the time has come for bold change in our public schools. 143,000 students are trapped in failing schools.
Doug McCurry, the co-CEO of Achievement First Public Charter Schools and the father of a special needs child, has written a touching account about his son, Jack, who is a scholar at Success Academy Cobble Hill.
On March 4, we have an opportunity to send a message to the entire country that all students deserve better. We have an opportunity to defend what we know is possible and to show others what is possible.
I thought I’d share my convictions of what is possible when a school develops a true love of reading across its entire community. I encourage you to add your thoughts and your own vision of what is possible in the comments section below.
In Albany, I was proud to share what my daughter has been able to accomplish at a great school and to stand with other parents who also believe that all children deserve a quality education.
My husband and I are raising two little girls in Brooklyn, and we have seen the failing schools crisis right in our own backyard.
I was born and raised in the Bronx and for most of my childhood and adolescence I attended failing schools. I, of course, didn’t know it at the time. I received good grades and passed all my classes. I sat in the front of the class because I loved learning. I thought I was a great student. Then I went to college and reality hit me. I didn’t know how to read to truly understand the deeper meaning of a book. Worse, I couldn’t properly write a paragraph – let alone an essay.
I am grateful for great charter schools giving many parents like me the power to choose the education we want for our children. But the 143,000 kids in New York City who are stuck in failing schools and the 800,000 students across New York State who are not being equipped to do grade-level work, have no choice.
At my school, my teachers encourage me to dream big. My dream is to become a lawyer one day and advocate for people all over the world whose voices are not being heard.
Dear Chancellor Fariña, I was saddened and disappointed, on behalf of the students, families, and teachers of Success Academy Harlem 5, that once again you have found it necessary to misrepresent our schools…
It was a late night for parents and staff of Success Academy Bronx 3, but well worth the loss of sleep.
The young people of Baltimore desire and deserve more from their cornerstone institutions, schooling chief among them.
I always get questions about the admissions lottery and the odds of winning a seat. These are difficult conversations to have. Success Academy is seen as a ticket to opportunity, a way to escape the city’s failing district schools and give children a chance to achieve their highest potential. But we simply do not have enough seats to accommodate all the children who apply.
When I first started teaching, two words bounced around my head hourly: “achievement” and “gap.”
Of all the schools, programs, and clubs I have played and coached for, Success Academy is the perfect marriage of a vision I can fully stand behind and practices that allow me to maximize the potential of every person I interact with.
By standing together with families from across the city, we will send a powerful message to our city leaders: The profound and appalling education inequality that divides our city must end.
In this city, language is not the biggest barrier for immigrant families who are seeking a good school for their child. It’s their zip code.
At Success Academy, every employee strives to show ETHOS: excellence, team, humor, ownership, scholars (putting kids first). These five principles drive everything we do as an organization and fuel our success.
Tomorrow, I will be rallying with hundreds of New York City educators to stand up for school equality for all children.
At Success Academy, new teachers — known as associate teachers — receive constant coaching and support from experienced teachers and leaders. We asked former associate teachers to reflect on their first year teaching alongside a lead teacher — an experienced educator — and to share what they learned that helped them improve and become strong lead teachers this year.
We believe in teaching our scholars to be self-advocates, to respectfully but forcefully stand up for what is right and fair. That’s why it was so important for me and my fellow principals and other Success Academy leaders and parents to respond to false claims by the Alliance for Quality Education and other union-backed agitators last week.