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Going the Extra Mile for Scholar Mental Health

March 14, 2023 Success Academy

If you walked into SA HSLA-Manhattan during arrival, you may see Monica Machado greeting students with a big smile and checking up with them before they head to class.  “How are you today?” “How did you sleep last night?” “How are your grades looking?” She takes the extra time to check in with scholars because... Read more

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Success Academy meets the Knicks

March 24, 2023 Success Academy

Eighth-grader Akira Richards has loved basketball since she was five years old. She now plays on the Success Academy Myrtle Middle School’s basketball team and has ambitions of playing in college and the WNBA. This February, Akira’s dream of playing with professionals became a reality when she and her teammates got to meet and practice... Read more

An Inside Look at Re-TET (Teacher Excellence Training)

March 24, 2023 Success Academy

Every school year at Success Academy starts with four-weeks of Teacher Excellence Training — or TET. During this time teachers learn, practice, and get feedback and coaching to help them master the skills they need to drive outstanding learning. In January, we launched another teacher training, a “re-TET,” to help set teachers up for success... Read more

SA Chess Scholars Take New York!

March 13, 2023 Success Academy

Success Academy scholars turned out in full force at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships this weekend! The Championship brought together some of the most competitive players in the state, who descended upon City Center in Saratoga Springs to test each other’s best moves. SA scholars competed in more than a dozen sections! We are... Read more

Connecting the Mind and the Body

March 8, 2023 Success Academy

What’s the difference between mindfulness and yoga? Mindfulness is a form of meditation that cultivates a sense of awareness, whereas yoga is the art of connecting the mind and body physically. Tanya Farmer, a passionate yoga teacher who’s been at SA Hudson Yards for almost four years, is focused on helping scholars see the benefits... Read more

The How and Why of Smart Classroom Management

March 6, 2023 Success Academy

As we fine tune our focus on scholar preparation, our teachers have shifted their approach to classroom management. The aim is to create environments that build scholar autonomy and self-assuredness through high expectations for what kids can do on their own.  Nailing this change throughout the day in every classroom is still a work in... Read more

Middle School Advisory – Life Lessons and More

March 2, 2023 Success Academy

It’s 8:30 a.m. at SA Harlem West Middle School and classrooms are abuzz with scholars’ conversations — and not just about the latest chess tournament, math homework, or an upcoming debate in history.  Instead, they’re comparing techniques for time management and sharing tips with each other.  These scholars are in their Advisory block, a dedicated... Read more


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