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One Man, Many Hats: Drummer, Teacher, Operations Wizard

October 4, 2022 Success Academy

When I began working with Success Academy almost 11 years ago, I could not have imagined the many roles that I would take on during my tenure. I began my journey with SA as a consultant, bringing professional development opportunities to music and dance teachers at SA schools. I was immediately hooked by SA’s emphasis... Read more

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The Comeback Kids — Scholars Revive Theater Tech Post-Covid

September 14, 2022 Eric Black

Rosemary Sena and Devin Jenkins-Drumgold joined the Theater Tech Crew at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts—Manhattan as freshmen in 2019, starting first as “runners.” The runner role helps scholars discover the aspects they love the most about Theater Tech, which manages the set design, lighting, audio, and behind-the-scenes of performances, so that... Read more

The SA Rookies’ Guide to Great Teaching

August 17, 2022 Success Academy

This school year, Success Academy is welcoming 669 new teachers to our network of schools. We cannot wait to see what they will accomplish! There’s no one secret to becoming a great teacher, but there are plenty of things that new teachers can do to get off on the right foot.  With that in mind,... Read more

Celebrating SA HSLA–Brooklyn’s First First Day of School!

August 12, 2022 Eric Black

It was a day of firsts! Success Academy’s first Brooklyn high school, the first cohort of scholars, and the first day of school! The Class of 2030 is in the house! Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts—Brooklyn opened its doors this past Monday, August 8, and the mood was celebratory, if nervous, with... Read more

What happens when we believe in kids?

July 21, 2022 Success Academy

This past June, SA scholar Isaiah Pena knew he had a big challenge to tackle: the Regents exams. These exams were particularly important because they would help Isaiah meet 8th grade graduation requirements. “I’ve been at Success Academy since kindergarten, so I knew that they had prepared me well for things like this — I... Read more

Success Academy Expands New Computer Science Program, Partners with Hello World CS

July 5, 2022 Dana Anderson

Ninth-grader Ermina Khan decided to enroll in a computer science course at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts–Harlem because of her interest in STEM, and she learned the unexpected: that coding was everywhere. “Whether it’s watching an ad on TV, playing a video game, or even shopping online, coding exists in our lives... Read more

Why Go to HSLA? Here’s What Our Scholars Had to Say!

June 28, 2022 Success Academy

As they were headed off for the summer, we caught up with these four SA high schoolers. Here’s what they love about their school: “One thing I love about HSLA is that the clubs are not ‘standard’ clubs. It’s not your normal, run-of-the-mill chess or soccer, which of course we have, too. But on top... Read more

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