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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 49 schools across four boroughs, serving 20,000 scholars, with plans to expand even further. 

Where can I find a recording of the virtual info sessions and webinars?

Please visit our Scholar Recruitment playlist to view some of the most recent information sessions.

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.

Why do I have to apply?

Success Academy is one of many NYC public 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. 

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.

When is the application deadline to be entered into the lottery?

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 entered in our waitlist pulls which we run throughout the summer and into the school year.

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. 

Do you have buses to pick up and drop off my child?

Watch this video to learn about busing

No, we do not offer bussing to or from the school. 

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.

Do children get assessments once they are accepted to an SA location?

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

Can my child skip a grade? Or be held from moving to the next grade?

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. 

Do you offer 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 of the different after-school programs around our SA locations. 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.

Quick resources

Required document check-list: 
Forms & documents checklist

School locations: 
SA school locations

Uniform requirements: 
Uniform information and requirements

Information sessions and webinars:
To learn more about our individual schools, please review our information session playlist.

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 [email protected] or (646) 472-1911.

Enroll your child

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

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