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.
The single most important thing parents can do to support their elementary school scholars is to read to them and with them at home.
This week, we’d like to address some of the frequently asked questions about reading aloud we’ve heard from parents over the years…
Questions about reading? Read more advice from Director of Children’s Literature Sara Yu!
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Considering applying to Success Academy for your child? Read Claire’s post for the Success parent perspective…
Como madre de un hijo que estudiaba en una escuela pública de la ciudad de Nueva York, nunca estuve satisfecha con lo que parecía ser un programa de estudios primarios limitado que se enfocaba solamente en lectura y matemáticas. Estaba interesada en un enfoque educativo que apuntase al desarrollo integral del niño y me entusiasmé […]
Our Director of Children’s Literature, Sara Yu answers two frequently asked parent questions about supporting children’s independent reading.
There are many great aspects to Success Academy Union Square, but I especially appreciate the people who nurture our children’s hearts and minds.
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.
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College graduation was never my goal; it was simply to finish high school. I wanted a better education for my son, which is why I refused to send him to a failing public school in our neighborhood.
Recently, The New York Times published an article about Success Academy, and it left me with a heavy heart. Success Academy is known for its joyful rigor, but the Times reporter described only the “rigor.” So I felt that I had to share my family’s experience and talk about the “joyful” part.
My daughter, Miah, attends Success Academy Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, and I had ample opportunity to decline my seat to the academy if I felt like it was going to be too much. The discipline of the school is well needed for schools and, truthfully, it’s NOTHING different from how I raise my daughter. My expectations of her effort, knowledge, and determination are on the same level as that of Success Academy.
It was a late night for parents and staff of Success Academy Bronx 3, but well worth the loss of sleep.
I have to extend sincere thanks to my children’s coaches and to the Success Academy network. They have instilled in my children not only passion and persistence, but also certain grace and equanimity.
It is fair to say that I am in love with my son’s teacher, Ms. Muller.
Numerous studies indicate that kids who don’t read regularly over the summer fall an average of two months behind, and that children from lower-income homes are most at risk.
This is a school that the community continues to support and call out for. This past year, our school received more than 2,400 applications for fewer than 75 open seats in grades K-4. There were 395 applications for fourth grade seats alone.