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Around the World the SA Way

September 19, 2023 Success Academy

When asking the question “what’d you do this summer” to one of our scholars, be prepared to be shocked at the countless different answers you get… and probably a little jealous too. From hiking 49 miles to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to watching a $3.2 million fossil sale at Sotheby’s in New... Read more

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I thought coding was boring … SA scholars proved me wrong!

September 21, 2023 Success Academy

When tasked with observing the HSLA Freshman Computer Science Fellows, I admit I was nervous. I, perhaps like many others, have stereotyped what it looks like to write and develop code: too difficult and too technical to be interesting to the average person. But the energy in classroom 803 at SA Hudson Yards was infectious,... Read more

Setting up SA Leaders for Success: A Report on This year’s Leader Training Institute

August 16, 2023 Dana Anderson

Leader Training Institute (LTI) is a two-week period when Assistant Principals and Senior Leaders gather for training and vision-setting for the upcoming school year. LTI is designed to equip our educators with the essential skills to cultivate scholars as independent, confident, sophisticated thinkers. We sat down with Claire Bartkus, Head of Ed Institute Operations, to... Read more

Summer of Success: 7 Things Scholars Were Up to This Summer!

August 15, 2023 Success Academy

From learning a new sport, reconnecting with family abroad, and road tripping to our nation’s capital, our scholars had quite a summer! Check out some of their amazing stories below. Kicking Around a New Passion SA Midtown West sixth grader Bryce Dalce spent his summer learning how to play soccer — and you’ll never guess... Read more

School’s Out! Announcing SA’s 2023 Summer Experience Fellows

July 13, 2023 Success Academy

For the past six years, the SA Summer Experience Fellowship has enabled hundreds of our high schoolers to pursue their passions and interests — while also preparing them for the college application process and providing invaluable experience in NYC and beyond.    After undertaking a rigorous application process that mimics the one they will need to... Read more

True Grit: The Eric Tai Story

June 26, 2023 Success Academy

Nearing the end of eighth grade, Eric Tai’s dreams of becoming a professional soccer player had never seemed more attainable. The Success Academy Harlem North Central scholar had just landed on the radar of multiple professional soccer clubs, was playing the best soccer of his life, and his Success Academy team was competing in the... Read more

Shaking Off the Nerves and Dancing Big

June 21, 2023 Success Academy

When Success Academy Midtown West fifth grader Julian Durio found out that he was selected to participate in Dance the Day Away, he was filled with more than just excitement. “Coming in with so many other talented dancers, I was nervous,” admitted Julian.  In May, over a hundred Success Academy elementary and middle school scholars... Read more


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