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ABOUT SA

Our History and Growth

Success Academy was born out of a dual mission: to build world-class public schools that empower children from all backgrounds to succeed and to serve as a national model for education reform. 

Our first school, Success Academy Harlem 1, opened in 2006, serving 165 kindergartners and first graders. Today we operate 47 schools across four boroughs, serving 20,000 scholars, with plans to expand even further. 

Click here to learn more about us. 

Does it cost anything to attend a Success Academy school?

No. We are a free public charter school! Success Academy also provides all children with necessary school supplies (pencils, notebooks, etc.).  Lunch and snacks are provided free of charge for all scholars, except on early dismissal days. Scholars who arrive at school early will also receive free breakfast every day. 

Families typically have to purchase the SA uniform and pay a technology fee that covers costs associated with their SA-provided laptop. However, this year we are providing one free set of uniforms to all newly accepted scholars and waiving the technology fee.

What grades do you offer?

While Success Academy offers an integrated K-12 education, we only accept applications for grades K-4. Scholars who gain acceptance in elementary school progress through our middle and high schools without needing to submit additional applications. While scholars do not need to reapply, in fourth grade, they participate in a placement process to rank SA middle schools in order of preference. They will complete a similar placement process for high school in eighth grade. Once your child is admitted to SA, they are guaranteed a seat through high school.

What age do you have to be to start kindergarten?

A child must be 5 years old by December 31, 2022, to begin kindergarten.

ABOUT THE APPLICATION

Submitting your Success Academy application is the first step in helping your child(ren) receive an exceptional education. Your application dashboard is the best way to get up-to-date answers about the enrollment process. Continue reading for the answers to the most common questions:

Why do I have to apply?

Success Academy is one of many NYC schools that require an application! By submitting an application, you give us critical information that helps make the lottery process as smooth as possible. It’s easy, takes five minutes, and allows you to head into summer stress-free knowing that you’ve got great school choices for the upcoming school year. 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is April 1, 2022, and our lottery will be run in mid-April. After the Application date deadline, you can still apply to be added to our waitlist. We run several waitlists pulls throughout the summer and into the school year.

Can I fill out one application for all of my children?

Yes. If you are applying online, you can submit an application for all siblings in one application. For information on how to do this, please see the question under HOW TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION.

HOW TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION

How do I add a sibling to the application I submitted?
Prior April 1:

  1. After logging in to your application dashboard, click  “+ Add Another applying Child ”if you are applying a new or currently enrolled scholar or “+ Add an Enrolled SA Sibling” if you want to associate the application with a currently enrolled scholar to receive a sibling preference. 
  2. Complete all the sections on the new page. (If the enrolled sibling is currently at a Success Academy middle or high school, choose the Success Academy they attended for elementary school.). 
  3. Click “Save & Go To Next Step” 
  4. Repeat these steps if you have more than one enrolled scholar. 

After April 1:

  1. After logging in to the application dashboard, click on the drop-down box that says, “What would you like to do?” 
  2. Select “Add Another Child,” and click “+ Add Another Applying Child” (only if you want to associate the application with a currently enrolled scholar) or “+ Add an Enrolled SA Sibling” (only if you want to associate the application with a currently enrolled scholar). Follow the instructions to add the child’s information and complete their application.
  3. Repeat these steps if you have more than one enrolled scholar. 

How to update contact information or add another responsible adult to an application

If you are making changes before the lottery (mid-April):

  1. Once you log in to your application dashboard, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Parent/Guardian Information.”
  2. On the following page, select your name and follow the instructions to update your contact information. 
  3. Click “Save and go to next step” to update and review contact information on each page until you reach the “Verify Account Update Details” page, where you will be able to do a final review of your contact information. 
  4. Click the “Save and go to next step” button to save your updated contact information.

If you are making changes after the lottery (mid-April):

  1. Once you are logged in, your application dashboard
  2. Scroll down to the “What would you like to do?” dropdown menu 
  3. Click “Update your contact information” or “Add a parent/guardian.” 

How can I add a school to my application?

You can add another school to your application at any time, but if you add it after April 1, our application due date, it will be considered late.

While we recommend applying to schools that are convenient for you to travel to — keep in mind that we do not offer bussing  —  there are plenty of ways to make a school outside of your neighborhood work for your family! Families who travel to another neighborhood for an SA school consistently report that the commute is worth it for a great education.

Check out our schools’ locations, including public transportation options.

If you are adding a school prior to the lottery (mid-April):

  1. Once logged into your application dashboard click “Update Application” next to the appropriate child’s name. 
  2. On the next page, select the school(s) you would like to add. Note: Once you add schools to your application, the only way to remove them is to contact the Success Academy Family Care team at [email protected].  
  3. After adding schools to the application, click the button labeled “Done Applying: Go To Next Step” at the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen. You will be brought to the school rank page. 
  4. Please follow the steps on the page to re-rank your school preferences if you wish and then submit. Please note that ranking schools is optional, and it is used only to assign children to their preferred Success Academy should they receive an acceptance for more than one school.

If you are adding a school after the lottery:

  • Once you’re logged in, scroll down to the “What would you like to do?” drop-down menu.
  • Click “Add School.”
  • Follow the steps.

How do I remove a school from my application?

If you would like to remove a school from your child’s submitted application, please contact [email protected].

If you have yet to submit your application and need to remove a school:

  1. Click the “Apply to Success Academy” blue button next to your child’s name
  2. Uncheck the schools that you wish to remove from the application. 
  3. Click “Save and Go to the Next Step” to rank the schools.
  4. Click “Submit Application.”

WHAT DOES RANKING SCHOOL CHOICES MEAN? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

What does ranking school choices mean and why is it important?

Click here to learn more about ranking schools.

Most Success Academy applicants apply to more than one school, but we can hold only one accepted seat for a child at any given time. We ask you to rank your schools so that if your scholar is accepted to more than one location, we know where to place them. We will hold a seat for your scholar only at your highest-ranked accepted location. Any lower-ranked accepted seats will be offered to the next child on the waitlist. You can click here to rank schools. Your child will be entered in the lottery for all schools they’ve applied to, regardless of ranking. Ranking a school at the top or bottom of the list will not increase or decrease your chances of being placed into that school. The ranking is used only to assign your child to your preferred Success Academy if they are placed for more than one school.

If you applied to more than one Success Academy and did not rank schools, we automatically ranked them for you based on how close they are to your home address (closest to farthest). and will remain in that order unless you re-rank them. You can re-rank your schools through June 1. Please keep in mind that rankings do not have any effect on the lottery or placement. Ranking a school at the top or bottom of the list will not increase or decrease your chances of acceptance at that school. If your child is accepted at more than one school, we will only reserve a seat for them at their highest-ranked school.

Take a moment to review your school rankings on your child’s application and make any changes. The last day to change your ranking is June 1. After this date, you will not be able to adjust your ranking.

Does ranking affect my child’s chance of being accepted?

No. Your child’s chance of acceptance is determined by your random number assigned at the time of the lottery. Ranking merely lets us know where to hold a place for you if your child is accepted to more than one location.

What happens if my child gets accepted at a higher-ranked school?

We can only reserve one seat for your child: at their highest ranked school. If your child is accepted to a higher ranked school in a waitlist pull, they will lose their spot at their previously accepted, lower-ranked school (if they have one). You will be notified via email or a phone call that your accepted school location has changed, and your application dashboard will reflect the former location as “Accepted But Not Preferred” (if there was an acceptance to a lower-ranked school).​​

What happens if my child is accepted at a lower-ranked school?

If your child is accepted at a lower-ranked school after having been accepted at a higher-ranked school, they will keep their seat at the higher-ranked school only. Your lower-ranked acceptance will be released and will be reflected on your application dashboard as “Accepted But Not Preferred.”

What happens if I applied for more than one child and school rankings are different on each application?

We strongly recommend ranking schools in the same order on each child’s application. 

If a waitlisted sibling becomes accepted at a Success Academy school, siblings remaining on the waitlist for that school will receive a sibling preference at that location. While a sibling preference does not guarantee acceptance, it moves waitlisted siblings to the front of the waitlist for that school.

How can I change my ranking?

Before mid-April please follow the below steps:

  1. Once logged in to the application dashboard, click the “Update Application” button next to your child’s name. 
  2. At the bottom of the page, click “Done Applying, go to Next Step.” You will be brought to the school rank page.
  3. Assign each school a number, where 1 is your most preferred school.

Post to mid-April: 

  1. Go to the application dashboard.
  2. Once there, scroll down to the “What would you like to do?” drop-down menu.
  3. Click “Re-Rank Schools.”
  4. Assign a number to each school, with 1 as your first-choice school.
  5. Every school must have a number assigned; do not assign the same number to more than one school.
  6. When you’ve completed your rankings, click the “Change My School Ranking” button.

Please note that if your child is accepted at more than one school, a seat will be reserved for them at their higher-ranked school only. Reminder: If you are applying for more than one child, all grade-eligible schools should be ranked the same for each child.

The deadline to change your ranking is June 1. After this date, you will not be able to adjust your ranking.

ABOUT THE LOTTERY

What Is The Lottery?

Anyone who resides in New York State is allowed to apply to a public charter school. State law requires that when the number of applicants exceeds the number of open seats, public charter schools must hold a lottery to determine which applicants will receive seats. The lottery is held in early April each year and results are distributed via email and published in the application dashboard in mid-April. 

How does the lottery work?

After the lottery is held in early April, results are shared with families through email and the application dashboard in mid-April. 

There are two outcomes in the lottery: acceptance or placement on the waitlist. In the months following the lottery, waitlisted scholars may gain acceptance to SA schools via waitlist pulls. These results will be relayed to families by telephone and/or e-mail and will also be shared on the application dashboard. Your lottery results will inform you of your status at each school you applied for. Please make sure your contact information is up to date so you can receive updates.

What preferences are given in the lottery and waitlist pulls?

  • Sibling Preference is given to applicants whose siblings currently attend or have been accepted to a Success Academy school. This preference applies only at the specific SA school the sibling(s) attend. An applicant with a sibling at an SA middle or high school will receive a preference at the SA location attended by their sibling(s). 
  • Employee preference is given to applicants who are the children of Success Academy employees.
  • Community School District (CSD) preference is given to applicants who reside in the community school district of a Success Academy location they’ve applied to and who have not received sibling preference.
  • English Language Learners (ELL) receive a weighted preference.

While having a preference can improve a child’s chances of acceptance, it does not guarantee a seat. After those with a preference are considered in the lottery and subsequent waitlist pulls, any remaining seats would be offered to applicants who did not receive a preference as outlined above. After all open seats have been filled, Sibling, Employee, and CSD preferences are similarly given to applicants who are on the waitlist.

What are the odds of getting into SA? Are there any statistics we can look at? 

Acceptance to Success Academy depends on your random lottery outcome and how many other families apply to the same school for the same grade, which changes every year.   

What Do The Results Mean?

Accepted

Your child has a seat at a Success Academy elementary school. In the case of multiple acceptances, a seat is being held only at the Success Academy with the highest ranking on your application. Please see the ACCEPTED section below to learn more about what it means to have an accepted status.

Please note that accepted families will need to 

  • Watch our Ready for Success welcome video (please sign in to watch the video),
  •  Upload all necessary documentation (Proof of Residency, Birth Certificate, Health Form, Immunization Record) to your application dashboard
  • Complete Registration on the Success Academy Family Site
  • Sign-up for ParentSquare before the first day of school first day of school (click here to view the school calendar)

For more details about signing up after being accepted, please see the ACCEPTED FAMILIES section below.

Waitlisted 

A status of waitlisted means that your scholar was not accepted to a specific Success Academy location. We conduct waitlist pulls often leading up to the first weeks of school. Although we cannot guarantee a placement, many families on the waitlist are accepted to a Success Academy school every year. 

While on the waitlist, you should learn more about our school locations and consider adding other SA sites to your application. To add a school to your application, please see the HOW TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION section below. Your likelihood of being placed will depend on the SA locations you selected on your application, therefore we encourage you to consider all SA schools. All of our schools use the same high-quality curriculum and educational model. We urge you to consider whichever SA school you may be offered. 

To learn more about what it means to be waitlisted, check out our WAITLISTED FAMILIES section below.

How and when will I know if my child has been accepted?

After families receive lottery results (mid-April) we conduct waitlist pulls every three to four weeks, and more often as we get closer to the first day of school. If your scholar becomes accepted, it will be reflected on your application dashboard, and we will notify you immediately via email or a phone call.

Will all of my children be accepted?

If your child has an enrolled or newly accepted sibling at a Success Academy school, they will receive a sibling preference for that school only (provided the school offers your child’s grade). A sibling can only gain acceptance if there is an available seat. Make sure to add the applying or currently enrolled sibling to the application.

If I enroll at Success Academy, do I have to go through the lottery with my child every year?

No. Once your child enrolls at Success Academy, they are guaranteed a seat through grade 12. Please keep in mind that while all scholars are entitled to re-enroll each school year, if a student or their family is failing to meet the requirements of their school (for example, accumulating excessive unexcused absences or regularly showing up out of uniform), the school may require an in-person meeting for re-enrollment. 

In addition, during their fourth- and eighth-grade years, scholars will participate in a placement process to select their SA middle and high school, respectively. Scholars will be assigned a placement based on their preference and the number of seats available, with priority given to scholars with siblings currently enrolled and those living in closest proximity to their preferred school.

APPLICATION NEXT STEPS AFTER THE LOTTERY (Mid-April)

Your job is almost done! After the lottery, please prepare to take a few minutes to watch the below video containing important information about Success Academy, as well as upload required documents. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions.

Watch our Ready For Success video

To begin, your child’s designated Responsible Adult must watch our 10-minute welcome video,  Ready for Success! What You Need to Know, in its entirety. This video will provide you with important information about Success Academy’s school approach, design, and expectations, and will help you make an informed decision about whether SA is the right fit for your family. 

Watching the entire video is mandatory — if you don’t watch it, you risk losing your application status. 

What should I do after watching Ready for Success?

After you finish watching the video, an orange button labeled “I Watched The Video — Go to FAQs” will appear at the bottom of the screen. Please click that button to advance to the next step of the enrollment process. When finished, we strongly suggest you also review the FAQ videos and responses. These questions and responses have been collected over the years from parents just like you! If you have any technical problems, please call 646-472-1911.

  1. Submit all required documents (list found below).
  2. If needed, schedule your child’s annual health physical and ensure your child’s immunization record is up to date.
  3. In addition, we ask that you read to your child every night. It’s great preparation for learning; children hearing a story read to them will be better equipped to learn to read on their own. By the first day of school, children entering grades K-2 should have read at least six books and recorded them in their reading logs (here’s a great book list). Children entering grades 3-4 should read independently for 30 minutes a day, six days a week, and record it in their reading logs as well.

Upload the Required Documentation to your Application

Accepted families and waitlisted applicants who we believe have a strong chance of being placed are required to submit four documents to remain in the enrollment process. Document submission due dates will be communicated once you are accepted, so get a head start now by reviewing what is required. 

  1. Proof of Residency
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Health Form
  4. Immunization Record

In addition, families of scholars with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) should submit their IEPs, and families who are in transitioning housing or experiencing homelessness must submit a residency questionnaire. 

How to upload documents:

To upload your documents, go to the application dashboard, click the drop-down menu called “What would you like to do,” and select “Upload and review documents.” Please note that we are unable to accept multiple file uploads for a single document requirement. If a document is more than one page, please use a free app such as SmallPDF.com) to ensure that all pages of your document are contained in a single PDF file.

We will contact you if there is an issue with your documents. The status update on your dashboard will show which of your documents have been reviewed by SA; the responsible adult on the child’s application will also receive an email notification. If you are having issues with uploading your documents, please reach out to Success Academy at [email protected] or (646) 472 -1911.

Which documents are required?

Birth Certificate

A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required as proof of age and legal identity. If you do not have a birth certificate, please call Success Academy to submit an alternate document (e.g. baptism record, document from a government agency, etc.) for our Advisory team to review.

Proof of Residency

All Success Academy scholars must be legal New York State residents. Review our guidelines on acceptable forms of proof of New York State residency. (For families in transitional housing, see “Residency Questionnaire” below, under Situational Documents.)

Residency Questionnaire

Families who are in transitional housing or experiencing homelessness are not required to provide proof of address. Instead, these families should print and complete a Residency Questionnaire, then upload the completed form to indicate their exemption from this requirement.

Health Form

All scholars are required to submit a Health Examination (Physical) Form completed by a licensed healthcare provider annually. Your child’s physician can provide you with your child’s most recent Health Form upon request. Click here for a sample health form.

Immunization Record

All children attending school in New York State must be up to date on required vaccinations. Please consult with your child’s doctor to confirm that your child receives the required immunization dosages for the 2022–2023 school year. 

To keep our community safe, we require that all scholars be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly. To that end, you may also be asked to submit your scholar’s COVID vaccination card or give your consent to weekly testing at this time. 

Note: If your child’s health form contains a record of their immunizations (see the highlighted section in this file for example), you may upload the Health Form as an Immunization Record. Please upload it twice (once as a health form and again as an immunization record).

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

If your child is accepted or waitlisted with a strong chance of acceptance (SA will reach out to let you know if this applies to you) and has an IEP, please submit a copy of the IEP as soon as possible. An SA staff member may contact you to discuss your child’s specific services.

Summer Reading Log: 

If your child is entering grades K-2, you should read at least six books to them each week and record it in their Reading Log, to be handed in on their first day of school. If you are reading a chapter book, one chapter of a chapter book counts as one book.

If your child is entering grades 3-4, they should read independently for 30 minutes six days each week and record it in their Reading Log, to be handed in on their first day of school.

WAITLISTED FAMILIES

If you are on the waitlist, don’t give up hope! Watch this video to learn more about what it means to be waitlisted, and read more details below. If you have questions, reach out to us at 646-472-1911 or email [email protected] 

Why didn’t my child get a seat?

Admission to our schools is determined by a random lottery. According to New York State law, when a public charter school has more applications than open seats, a lottery must be held to determine admission. We can only offer seats to scholars who gain acceptance in the lottery — the rest of the applicants are placed on the waitlist. 

What if I have one child with an accepted status and another child with a waitlisted status?

If you are applying for more than one child, each child may receive a different status at the same Success Academy location. If one sibling is accepted, the other(s) remain on the waitlist for that school and will receive a sibling preference at that Success Academy location. While a sibling preference does not guarantee acceptance, it moves waitlisted siblings to the front of the waitlist for that school.

I was waitlisted last year. Is my number the same?

No. By law, we must conduct a new lottery every year. If you re-apply for the following school year, you would need to create a new account and submit a brand new application as long as your child is grade-eligible. This means that waitlisted positions, accounts, and applications do not roll over, and applicants who have applied previously must create a new account and submit a new application each year. Previous applicants do not receive a special preference. 

What if I don’t want to stay on the waitlist?

If you have decided on another educational option for your child and do not want to remain on the waitlist for any Success Academy school, please let us know immediately so that we can offer your seat to another child. To close your application, select “Close your application” from the “What would you like to do?” menu on your application dashboard. (Before mid-April, please contact [email protected])

ACCEPTED FAMILIES

I have been accepted to an SA school: What do I have to do next?

Congratulations! Once you accept your seat (link in your acceptance email), you will need to:

Later this summer, you will receive information on how to register for SA’s communications app, ParentSquare; feel free to familiarize yourself with this platform ahead of time! 

Please make sure your top Success Academy choice is ranked number one on your application. You can adjust your ranking anytime before June 1 (to learn how to change your school rankings, please review the WHAT DOES RANKING SCHOOL CHOICES MEAN? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? section.

Newly Accepted Families: Complete Registration and Upload Required Forms through New SA Families Site Account 

Over the summer, accepted families will be required to complete online registration, which is required before the first day of school. Registration is a different process from what you’ve done in the enrollment process so far. During registration, you are given access to a special account on https://families.successacademies.org/ (the “SA Families Site”) that you will use throughout your scholar’s K-12 experience at SA to all submit required back-to-school documents this year and in the years to come.

All accepted families will receive an email in late June/July with instructions on how to activate and log in to their SA Families account and upload all required back-to-school documents and forms (below). If you have already uploaded some or all of your documents through the application dashboard, some of these may appear in your SA Families Site account, as well as some new forms that you’ll need to complete. You may also be required to re-upload documents through this site if they were found to be invalid. 

All newly accepted families must log in to their new account on the SA Families Site in June/July and upload any additional documents to be considered “Registered” for the school year. If you have a waitlisted status, we recommend preparing the documents below so that you are ready to submit them if you are accepted during a future waitlist pull. 

Accepted Families: Registration Next Steps

After you receive the registration email mentioned above, the following documents will need to be uploaded to the Success Academy Families site as soon as possible.  

  • Proof of Residency This document shows that the responsible adult for the applying child resides in New York State. All Success Academy scholars must be legal New York State residents. See here for guidelines on acceptable forms of proof of New York State residency. (For families in transitional housing or experiencing homelessness, see “Residency Questionnaire” below, under Situational Documents.)
  • Birth Certificate Submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate as proof of age and legal identity. If your child does not have a birth certificate, you may also submit their passport. If you have neither, please submit an alternate document (e.g. baptism record, document from a government agency, etc.) for our Advisory team to review.
  • Health Exam Form – Incoming scholars must have a health exam completed by a licensed health care provider to attend school (such as the Child & Adolescent Health Examination Form). The form must include your child’s doctor’s name and license number. The form must be less than one year old, and you will be required to provide an updated form every year. (For example, if your child’s last physical exam was in November 2021, you must submit the November 2021 form now and a new physical form before December 1, 2022.) 
  • Proof of Immunization – All children attending public schools must be up to date on required vaccinations. New York State does not allow religious exemptions for mandatory immunization requirements. This law applies to all public and private schools in New York, not just SA, and requires that all scholars be fully immunized. Note: If your child’s health form contains a record of their immunizations (see the highlighted section in this file for example), you may upload it as an immunization record. Please upload it twice, once as a health form and again as an immunization record.
  • COVID Vaccination Card or Consent for Weekly Testing To keep our school community safe, all scholars are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly. We will ask you to submit your scholar’s COVID vaccination card or consent to weekly testing at this time.

You will also be asked to:

  • Enter the name and contact information of those authorized to pick up your scholar from school 
  • Upload a photo of your scholar in full uniform
  • Complete digital consent forms, including our parent contract, media release, and out-of-school activities form.
  • Provide the federally required information, including your home language and race and ethnicity identification

Situational Forms (You only need to submit this document if applicable to your family or child):

  • Medical Administration Form (MAF) – If your child requires any medication during the school day (for asthma, allergies, etc.), you must submit a Medical Administration From, completed by both you and your child’s doctor.
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) – If your child has an IEP, please submit a copy of the most recent version.
  • Residency Questionnaire – Families in transitional housing or who are experiencing homelessness are not required to provide proof of address. Instead, you will submit a digital housing questionnaire on the application site to exempt you from the proof of residency requirement. The NYC Department of Education requires SA to collect and record housing status for all scholars.

I was accepted to a Success Academy school that is not my first choice. Can I transfer my acceptance to another Success Academy location?

You cannot transfer your acceptance from one Success Academy location to another. That would mean jumping ahead of everyone else on the waitlist for that school.

Please make sure your top Success Academy choice is ranked number one on your application. You can adjust your ranking anytime before June 1 on your application dashboard.

Ranking will not increase or decrease your chances of getting into any particular location. It only tells us where to reserve a seat for you if you are accepted to more than one location.

If you do not get into your top-choice Success Academy location this year, you can reapply through the lottery for next year as long as your child is age and grade eligible.

I do not want to accept my seat at Success Academy. What should I do?

If you know you will not attend your accepted location you may opt to decline individual schools on your application while remaining on the waitlist for other schools. To decline an accepted seat or waitlisted position, you can either use the accept/decline link in your accepted status email, call us at 646-472-1911, or email [email protected]

READY FOR SCHOOL

What is your plan for school this year given the circumstances of COVID-19?

Success Academy expects schools will be open for on-campus learning, with health and safety measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of scholars, staff, and families. Please note that due to the changing nature of the pandemic, plans are subject to change. We will update all families accordingly. Please visit our school reopening website here for details and the most up-to-date COVID protocols. 

First day of school

On the first day of school: 

  1. Scholars must wear the complete uniform (including shoes) and have their Success Academy book bag.
  2. Scholars must turn in their completed reading log (K-2 reading log, 3-4 reading log).

Calendar and school hours: 

Our most updated academic calendars are available to view here

At Success Academy, we believe in making the most of every minute of class time. We typically do not follow the New York City Department of Education (DOE) calendar — we begin earlier and follow a different vacation schedule. Success also does not close for many of the holidays that the DOE does — from the Jewish holidays to Veterans Day. (Scholars may be excused for religious observance, of course.) There will be several faculty development days, which prepare teachers to help scholars achieve their very best.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, K-4 scholars begin school at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m. On Wednesdays, we have half days beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. Arrivals after 7:45 a.m. are considered tardy.  

REGISTER FOR PARENTSQUARE

The ParentSquare app will be your central hub for all communications from your scholar’s school and teachers. With ParentSquare, you’ll be able to direct message teachers, get your school’s weekly newsletter (called the ACTION Update), as well as see all upcoming school events, reminders, and even photos! . The best part? ParentSquare is customizable — you can choose if you’d like to get notifications by text, email, or through the app— and it can translate posts into your preferred language. 

After you’re accepted, over the summer you’ll receive an invitation to activate your ParentSquare account. You can also sign up by going to parentsquare.com/signin and entering the email and/or phone number you provided to us — we’ll let you know when you can do this! To get the most out of ParentSquare, be sure to download the app by searching “Success Academy ParentSquare” in your app store. 

See what Parentsquare will look like and what it can do in this video.

OUR UNIFORM

Why does SA require uniforms?

We believe that uniforms keep our scholars focused and eliminate both distractions and status distinctions. Scholars are required to wear their uniforms every day of the school year unless we communicate otherwise. 

How can I order uniforms? 

French Toast is the official and only vendor for a Success Academy uniform. To meet the needs of so many in our community who are experiencing economic hardship due to the coronavirus, Success Academy is providing one free set of uniforms for all new scholars in the 2022-2023 school year, which includes all items you will need for a complete outfit. This does not apply to scholars who are currently enrolled and changing school locations. Information will be sent in June about how to order uniforms online. Additional items may be purchased separately from French Toast.

Accepted Scholars: If your child is accepted to a Success Academy school, you will be required to order a free uniform package. In June, you will receive an email from our uniform vendor, French Toast. 

Waitlisted Scholars: If your child is waitlisted, you are not required to order a uniform package. Should your child be accepted in the future, you will be notified immediately and provided instructions for ordering your uniform.

When will I get my child’s uniform?

New families will receive information in June about how to order uniforms online.

What will I receive in my uniform package?

Families will receive all required items. Additional items are available for purchase. 

What should I do after I order my Uniform?

If you have been accepted to a Success Academy:

You will need to have your child in full uniform, including socks/tights, lycra shorts, and shoes.

If your child is entering Grade K–2, you should read at least six books to your child each week and record it in their Reading Log, to be handed in on their first day of school. If you are reading a chapter book, one chapter of a chapter book counts as one book. 

If your child is entering Grade 3–4, your scholar should read independently for 30 minutes six days each week and record it in their Reading Log, to be handed in on their first day of school.

If you remain on the waitlist:

Routinely check the application dashboard for your latest lottery results plus read at least one book with your child every night and record it on the Reading Log. If your child is entering Grade K–2, you should read at least six books to your child each week and record it in their Reading Log, to be handed in on their first day of school. If you are reading a chapter book, one chapter of a chapter book counts as one book. 

If your child is entering Grade 3–4, your scholar should read independently for 30 minutes six days each week and record it in their Reading Log, to be handed in on their first day of school.

TRANSPORTATION

Click here to learn about busing

Success Academy does not permit scholars to use any form of transportation (private busing, van service, taxi, etc) while unaccompanied by a parent or guardian to or from any of its schools. Most, but not all, of our schools are located near subway or bus lines. In elementary school, parents/guardians are expected to drop off and pick up their scholars in person every day or to arrange for an authorized adult or older sibling to do so. These individuals must be on the school’s pickup list. In middle and high school, scholars can arrive at and depart from school by themselves.

Why doesn’t Success Academy offer transportation?

There are many reasons that we do not offer busing at our schools. A close partnership between you and your scholar’s school is one of the most critical components of the Success Academy model. An important aspect of this partnership is the daily face-to-face interaction that you or another trusted adult will have with your scholar’s teacher during arrival and pickup

ASSESSMENTS

Schools assess new scholars’ grade-level readiness at the beginning of the school year. Assessment results may affect grade placement. 

Holdovers and Grade Skips

Children mature, grow, and learn at different rates, often having little to do with their age. We believe that age is not the best determinant of grade placement and that sometimes it’s in the best interest of the child to take an extra year to mature or master content. Thus, holdovers — and sometimes skips — are common at Success Academy. We want all scholars to be challenged at their most appropriate level, giving them their greatest chance to succeed.

Your scholar’s teacher will be in frequent dialogue with you about your scholar’s progress. If a grade change is appropriate, your principal and your child’s teacher will have a series of discussions with you. For grade skips, we consider parent input; however, holdovers are the school’s decision. Holdovers and skips may be implemented at any time before, during, or after the school year. 

While parents may sometimes view such decisions as punishments, we know from years of experience that an additional year can benefit many scholars. Some of our top high school students were held over in younger grades and are now excelling. An extra year of school — essentially more time to mature and learn — can be critically important for a child’s long-term success.

QUICK RESOURCES

Required Document check-list: 

2021-2022 Forms & Documents Checklist

School locations: 

2021-2022 SA Schools Locations

After school programs: 

Success Academy does not offer, recommend, or endorse any after-school programs, but is happy to provide information about local programming. Here is a list compiled by SA parents and school of after school programs. Families are encouraged to contact the programs directly for hours, costs, and offerings and it is their responsibility to arrange for appropriate after-school service if necessary.

Success Academy’s after-school programming is limited to practices for competitive teams: chess, basketball, track, and soccer (Where available).  Participating scholars are identified through tryouts or teacher selection based on competitive potential and scholar interest. 

Uniform requirements: 

Uniform Information and Requirements

What if I have questions during the application and new family enrollment process?

We’re here to help you! Reach out to our Family Care team at (646) 472-1911.

Enroll your child

We’re now accepting K-4 applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

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