On Thursday, the Success Academy community made history by launching its first day of remote teaching and learning.
From the beginning, SA educators, scholars, and families rose to the challenge of remote learning with determination. Now, they’re being recognized by multiple news outlets for their efforts.
When my Senior Leader Ms. McNamara challenged us to come up with a school community-building campaign, I saw it as an opportunity to highlight one of SA Harlem East’s greatest strengths: our kindness.
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What’s life like as a high schooler at Success? Kayla Christiani-Ellis and Tasnim Moumouni are two current freshmen who recently had to choose between specialized high schools and SA HSLA. We asked them to share what ultimately drew them to Success, and whether the experience has so far lived up to their expectations.
If there’s one thing we celebrate at Success Academy, it’s self expression — and nowhere is that more apparent than on the night of the annual Festival of Performing Arts. This is one of the most exciting events of the Success Academy school year, a chance for scholars to walk onto the stage and express […]
Finn Freymann — an English teacher at SA Bed-Stuy Middle School — describes teaching as trying to master the unmasterable profession. He joined SA BSMS last year and quickly progressed to a position as lead teacher. For Mr. Freymann, the scholars are his motivation and the BSMS community is one of warmth, laughter, and smart faculty all asking, “How can I help you today?”
The annual Science Symposium is a month-long middle school science unit dedicated to scholar-led research projects, culminating in a showcase of findings and lessons learned. We were excited to catch up with Kiah and her teacher Genique Green to hear more about their project — and to find out which product we should all be using to keep bad bacteria at bay!
We often think of art class as a place where you just learn how to mix colors or use a paintbrush, but in SA art classrooms, teachers know it’s so much more. Across our schools, they design projects that teach our scholars that art is a dynamic, living, breathing way to challenge our perspectives and to change the world. Here are just a few that have inspired us and our scholars.
When SA graduates return to their old high school, they get a red-carpet welcome. In the second annual SA Alumni Reunion, graduates came back to HSLA just in time to congratulate seniors on college acceptances — and offer some advice.
The Multicultural Potluck is an annual tradition celebrated across Success Academy schools. This year, we expanded this beloved tradition to feature the recipes and stories of our community in an online cookbook!
Rhea May is in her seventh year of teaching science at SA Bed-Stuy 1. We spent a day with her to find out what drew her to teaching, how she manages work-life balance, and what it’s really like teaching science at Success Academy!
Debates are a regular part of the Success Academy Middle School history curriculum. Throughout the year, Ms. Joseph and other SA history teachers build debates about historical figures and events into their lessons.
Success Academy families go above and beyond to advocate for high-quality public education — and every parent brings their personal strengths and passions to the fight for educational equity.
It’s not easy to ignore our scholars. First, they are adorable, and second, if you take the time to listen to them, they have the most amazing things to say. But Mayor de Blasio doesn’t want to see our Queens fourth graders.
Across boroughs and roles, both Ms. Johnson and Ms. Poser share a determination to carve out “love of reading” as a stand-alone educational priority — one that is just as important as things like phonetic understanding, main idea, and vocabulary.
Throughout my 12 years at Success Academy, many experiences have shaped my approach as an educator. One stands out from when I was an associate teacher and still learning the ropes of classroom management. Now, the lessons I learned form the cornerstone of my classroom management coaching: Finding your own style and voice is essential for successful — and joyful — classroom management.
Over the course of her six-year tenure at SA, Lauren Monroe — currently the School Psychologist Lead at SA Springfield Gardens — has supported thousands of scholars, families, and educators. We asked Lauren to share her responses to the questions she most frequently fields from members of the SA community.
After her summer at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Amanda Sanchez knows what it takes to adapt to a completely new setting. The experience, which she accessed through the SA Summer Experience program, left her feeling confident, with new interests, new friends, and a growing excitement for the independence of college life.
Recently, educators came together at the Robertson Center to conquer one of the universal challenges of the workplace: what to eat between the first bell and the last. Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert, shares her top tips for teachers on how to plan your meals and snacks so that you can feel healthy, stay energized, and treat yourself to the type of food that fuels your body and your soul.
As the highest ranking woman in the New York City Police Department, Joanne Jaffe built a legacy of safeguarding the citizens of New York City — a legacy she now brings to our schools.
For scholars who participated in the SA Summer Experience program, memories of summer linger on, along with newfound confidence and new interests. Scholars accepted into the program have the chance to attend collegiate, artistic, and outdoor leadership opportunities both locally and across the country. Sophomore Alexa Torres is one such scholar; she spent her summer figuring out a faster way to get chores done.
Studies show that this time of year tends to bring on the “teacher blues”— a time when teachers might especially feel the weight of their workload, or even feel a little discouraged. We asked veteran teachers to share how they reboot when the days start getting shorter, and they offered up some valuable tips and tricks.
New teachers, we hope this advice from last year’s “Rookie of the Year” winners encourages and guides you during your first weeks and months in the classroom!