Parent Responsibilities

General Information

Your scholars are on their way to learning the independence and work habits that will support their success in college and life. However, your parental role remains essential during this time. Scholars might be dismissing themselves from school, but it is still your responsibility to make sure they are in school on-time with their homework complete. It is also imperative that you know where your scholars are once they leave to ensure they are acting appropriately in and outside of school. It is your responsibility as parents to monitor their actions on social media and as they travel. It’s still crucial that you stay deeply involved by asking about what they are learning and practicing in class.

Parent Contract

As part of your child’s enrollment and re-enrollment each year, you must sign a Parent Contract in which you pledge to abide by all of Success Academy’s culture policies and values. All of these policies and values work together to ensure Success Academy’s successful school model. (Please note that these may be revised each year, as our school design evolves. Last updated: 7.15.17.)

As a Success Academy Parent/Guardian, I pledge to take ACTION to succeed in the following ways:

  • I will teach, model, and live by the Success Academy values every day. I will inspire my scholar to love learning and strive to be exemplary.
  • I will ensure that my scholar observes the guidelines for expected behavior at Success Academy and comes to school in his/her complete uniform ready to learn every day.
  • I will ensure that my scholar completes and turns in all homework assignments on time. This includes actively checking my scholar’s progress.
  • I will ensure that my scholar reads and abides by the Honor Code and the Academic Integrity policy.
  • I understand that every minute of instructional time counts. I will ensure that my scholar attends school every day on time, even when my scholar is traveling to school alone.
  • I will notify the school of a valid absence no later than arrival time on the day of the absence.
  • I will ensure that I am aware of my scholar’s whereabouts and actions after they are dismissed from school. I will reinforce that they are accountable for their actions even outside of school.
  • I will regularly and carefully read any and all information sent by Success Academy, including all e-mails and texts.
  • I will respond to all non-emergency school communications within 24 hours, and any urgent communications immediately.
  • I will provide up-to-date information for Success Academy to provide a safe environment for my scholar, and to allow timely communications between school staff and myself (including but not limited to medical documents and contact information).
  • I will be an active member of my school community. I will interact with Success Academy staff frequently and call my scholar’s teacher before problems arise.
  • I will attend all required family meetings and academic events.
  • I will treat all members of the Success Academy team with respect.
  • My scholar will attend any required programming before and after school as required by school leadership.

Required Forms

Most of the information we need to ensure the health and safety of your scholar is now collected electronically through the Success Academy Scholar Information Account. Please make sure you keep this information up-to-date at all times. Several forms described below must still be submitted to the Main Office in hard copy. Blank copies of these forms are available upon request.

Scholar Profile

The following form was completed digitally as part of the online Scholar Profile you created when your scholar started high school. We ask that you update this  information as needed, especially your contact info.

Field Study & Activity Form:

Our scholars participate in numerous field studies and activities throughout the school year, and you are asked to sign one form consenting to your child’s participation. Please review the school’s ACTION newsletter and other communications to learn about scheduled field studies for your child. You may also be asked to complete additional consent forms for special field studies. Families of returning scholars will only receive this digital form upon transition to a new school (elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

Scholar Hard Copy Forms

The following materials must be submitted in hard copy to the Main Office by the first day of school, as noted below. Download and complete according to directions.

Immunization Records:

Whenever additional immunizations are received, take an updated copy of your scholar’s immunization records to the Main Office. Without up-to-date immunizations, your child cannot attend school.

Medication Administration Form (MAF):

If your child needs to take any prescription or over-the-counter medication (including for allergies) during the school day, you must bring the properly packaged and labeled medication to school and submit an MAF each year. The MAF must be completed by a doctor (including his/her license number or stamp) and must be signed by a parent/guardian.

New York State Residency:

Scholars must live in New York State to attend any Success Academy school because we are part of New York public schools. You provided a proof of residency upon admission, but if your permanent address changes during the school year, you must provide an updated proof of residency, and update your address information with the Main Office. Moving within New York does not impact your current enrollment. However, scholars who move out of New York State must withdraw immediately.

Physical Form (Health Examination Form):

We recommend that your child receive a new physical exam each year, but we require updated physicals in grade 10. In grade 10, you are required to provide the school with a copy of the physical form with your child’s doctor’s name and license number. Without an updated physical form, your child will not be permitted to attend school.


Parental participation is essential, especially as your scholar approaches college. We have little chance of success without your full support; we and your scholar need your involvement.

Every Monday, you will receive an e-mail from your scholar’s advisor. This e-mail is a very important one — it will contain your scholar’s academic progress, suggestions for supporting your scholar meaningfully at home, and an overview of upcoming school events. We ask that you reply to each of these e-mails within 24 hours — by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Our goal is to make communication streamlined and predictable with the weekly e-mail. Please plan to read and respond to the weekly e-mail accordingly.

We also ask you to keep your contact information up-to-date and return any of our calls within 24 hours. We like to hear from you as well, and encourage you to call or e-mail the Main Office, your scholar’s advisor, teachers, or the school’s leadership team. If we do not pick up the phone, please leave a message and we will return your call within 24 hours or, if over the weekend, by Monday afternoon.

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by the school, please contact the network office at 646-597-4642 or e-mail If network staff cannot address your concerns, you may follow the formal complaint policy, which is available upon request in the Main Office.


Homework assignments help scholars develop self-discipline and the time-management skills critical for success in college, where almost all work is done outside of class. Homework assignments count for 25% of a scholar’s course grade. Completing homework and long-term assignments is as important to a scholar’s academic progress as the learning that takes place during the school day.

We need you to ensure that your scholar completes all homework assignments on time.



We expect scholars to come to school every day for the entire day. If your child is ill and will be absent or late to school, you must call or e-mail the Main Office before 8:15 a.m. Absences can be either excused or unexcused, as set forth in the chart below:

Excused Absences and Tardies

Unexcused Absences and Tardies

Illness verified by a doctor’s note

Routine doctor’s appointments (schedule these for dates/times when school is not in session)

Death of a close family member, verified by program or newspaper clipping

Family vacation

Court appearance that requires the child’s presence, verified by court document

Parent/guardian illness

Observance of a religious holiday

Trouble with public transportation or bad weather

*updated 9/18/17

We track the following infractions: absences, tardies, and early dismissals. We also track no-calls (when no one calls the Main Office by your school’s start time to inform us that a scholar will be absent or late).

If your scholar is regularly absent from school, he or she is likely to fall behind academically and socially. In the event of repeated absences or late arrivals, we will contact you to schedule a meeting at either the school or the network office. At this meeting, we will provide you with strategies that can help improve your child’s attendance. If your child misses more than 15 days of school, he or she may have to repeat the grade to make up for lost instructional time.


Parent/guardian attendance is also essential for your scholar’s success. We expect your attendance at all required meetings and school events. It will be clearly noted in communications when your attendance is required.

Uniforms and Dress Code

Our dress code requires that all scholars wear uniforms — no exceptions. Uniforms help maintain a school culture of unity and academic excellence. We require scholars to wear uniforms to eliminate the inevitable distractions and status distinctions caused by clothing and to ensure that our scholars are focused on learning.

High school scholars have a new uniform for the 2017-2018 school year. You can find details on dress code requirements and pricing here.

Families currently experiencing a hardship may qualify for financial assistance. Please contact your school’s Main Office to learn more about the financial assistance process for our uniform vendor, FlynnO’Hara.

High school scholars have flexibility with regard to hair styling, makeup, and jewelry, but these should not disrupt school culture or distract from learning. It is not acceptable for scholars to wear clothing, jewelry, or accessories that are vulgar, obscene, or denigrating to others because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, weight, ethnic group, religious practice, sex, or disability. Furthermore, these items may not promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs, and/or encourage illegal or violent activities.

Scholars must also change out of uniform for physical education classes, so appropriate gym clothes should be kept at school on days when scholars need them for class. If a scholar does not change for these classes, he or she will receive a zero for that day unless a valid excuse has been given to the teacher. It is a scholar’s responsibility to ensure that all sports clothing is clean and ready to wear.

Scholar Technology/Chromebooks

All high school families must pay an annual $75 technology fee. This fee provides your scholar complete access to a personal laptop computer, e-reader, and a variety of school-based technology. When you pay this fee, you also agree to the following conditions:

  • If your scholar damages or loses the computer, you will pay for repairs or replacement up to $250.
  • If you do not pay the damage fee within 45 days, your scholar may lose some or all access to the computer.
  • If Success Academy determines that a different computer or device is more appropriate for learning, it may replace the device with a different model at any time.

Parent Investment Card

Schools issue parent/guardian Parent Investment Cards throughout the year to share feedback on fulfilling important parent responsibilities. Your scholar simply cannot achieve his or her greatest potential without you. The card will reflect three areas of focus and highlight feedback on a green, yellow, and red scale.

Homework Supervision

What is expected:

You make homework completion and reading a priority at home. Your child completes at least 96% of all regular and vacation homework.

Why this is important:

Effective homework advances a child’s understanding and knowledge. In elementary school, the primary purpose of homework is to foster a love of reading and practice essential skills like spelling words or quick math facts. It also factors into whether a scholar is ready to advance to the next grade. By middle school, homework becomes an essential part of learning by doing and impacts scholars’ GPA. Homework assignments count for 25% of a high school scholar’s course grade and help develop self-discipline and the time-management skills critical for success in college, where almost all work is done outside of class.

School Readiness

What is expected:

Your child attends school everyday and arrives on time and in uniform. Your child has no unexcused absences, tardies, uniform infractions, or suspensions. Your child acts responsibly at school and while in transit to and from school.

Why this is important:

Scholars miss so much learning when they aren’t in school. Each day is packed full, and even being a few minutes late can impact your scholar’s progress. Disruptive behavior takes away from important learning time as well. Understanding the importance of being on time and embodying the honor code will help scholars succeed long after they leave Success Academy. Together, we are helping them become responsible and productive citizens.

Parent Responsiveness and Investment

What is expected:

You respond to all communications (including meeting requests) from your child’s teachers, principal, or school staff within 24 hours —  just as you can expect us to respond to your requests in a timely way. You complete requests (like submitting required scholar forms) by the stated deadline. You attend all required school events and meetings, such as Your Scholar’s Success meetings. You are respectful when interacting with your child’s teachers, principal or any school staff, just as we are respectful to you.

Why this is important:

First and foremost, good communication between school staff and parents and guardians is essential. When issues arise—good or bad— it is important they are addressed in-the-moment to assure scholars are getting the support, reinforcement, or congratulations they need for progress. Second, our community is built on respect. Even if you don’t agree with something happening at school, discussing it from a place of respect allows for progress. Some meetings are required when information is best delivered in person with the opportunity to ask and respond to questions.

Parent Investment Expectations Per Reporting Period  

Homework Supervision (Completion of regular and vacation homework)

Green: Meeting Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar’s homework completion rate was a 96.0% or above.

Yellow: Approaching Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar’s homework completion rate was between 85.1% to 95.9%.

Red: Below Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar’s homework completion rate was an 85.0% or below.

School Readiness

Green: Meeting Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar had: no unexcused absences; and
  • no tardies;
  • no uniform infractions; and
  • no suspensions.

Yellow: Approaching Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar had: 1 unexcused absence; or
  • 1 tardy; or
  • 1 uniform infraction; and
  • no suspensions.

Red: Below Expectations

  • During the reporting period, my scholar had: 2+ unexcused absences;
  • 2+ uniform infractions; or
  • 2+ tardies; or
  • a suspension.

Parent Responsiveness and Investment

Green: Meeting Expectations

  • During the reporting period, I: responded to all communications within 24 hours; and
  • completed all requests (including forms) on time; and,
  • attended all required meetings; and
  • always showed respect when interacting with members of the school community.

Yellow: Approaching Expectations

  • During the reporting period, I: responded to all but 1 communication within 24 hours; or
  • completed all but 1 request (including forms) on time; or
  • missed 1 required meeting; and
  • always showed respect when interacting with members of the school community.

Red: Below Expectations

  • During the reporting period, I didn’t respond to at least two communications within 24 hours; or
  • didn’t complete at least 2 requests (including forms) on time; or
  • missed at least 2 required meetings; or
  • had disrespectful interactions with members of the school community.

Get Involved

General Information

There are many ways to get involved — even in high school. You can help with school events or our advocacy work — which remains as important as ever. As a parent, the best way to support your scholar is to ensure they keep their grades up and that all homework is completed.

Volunteers who will have direct and substantial unsupervised contact with scholars will require a background check.


As a Success Academy family, you are part of a larger mission to reform public education. Success Academy families share a belief that all children deserve access to a high-quality public education. Unfortunately, powerful special interest groups and complex political environments prevent charter schools from growing to serve the thousands of families that enter the lottery each year.

Like families that fought for our school, your participation in our advocacy work is essential to ensure the “Three F’s” — Funding, Facilities, and Freedom — so that we receive funding equal to district school funding, that we can have the facilities to open middle and high schools, and that we operate our schools with the freedom to innovate in teaching and learning. Parents should read the weekly Action Update to learn how to get involved in our community’s advocacy events.

Parent Council

All parents and legal guardians can participate in the Parent Council — our version of the PTA. Parent Council members play a critical role in building parent engagement, from organizing family events to acting as a resource for other families. You can also take on a bigger leadership role and run for the Parent Council Executive Committee (PCEC). This committee works closely with school leadership, managing several school-wide projects and encouraging participation in all parent and school activities. The PCEC models and upholds our strong school culture. Go to the Main Office to obtain information about meetings and election dates.

Field Studies

We take scholars on field studies as part of our classroom curriculum and to provide meaningful learning experiences. Information about upcoming field studies will be sent home in your scholar’s Monday advisory and office e-mails.

In order to make these trips possible, we often ask for adult volunteers to serve as chaperones. If you would like to chaperone a field study, please notify your child’s teacher. You will receive materials or be asked to attend a training that outlines chaperone guidelines.

If you sign up to chaperone a field study, we ask that you honor your commitment. For safety reasons, we are required to have a certain number of chaperones. If a chaperone does not follow through on a commitment, we may have to cancel that day’s field study. Chaperones who cancel on the day of the field study, show up late, do not follow the guidelines above, or fail to adhere to the Parent Contract may not be allowed to chaperone future field studies.

If the school’s leadership decides a scholar requires individual supervision to ensure his or her safety or the safety of others on a field study, Success Academy may require a parent or other volunteer chaperone chosen by the parent to accompany the scholar. If a parent or other chaperone cannot accompany the scholar, Success Academy will place the scholar in a supervised classroom or make other accommodations to ensure the scholar is receiving education during the field study.

Social Media

Success Academy has a large and growing social media community, and we love sharing joyful photos, videos, and the latest news on our main Facebook page, as well as unique Facebook pages for each of our schools. Search your school’s name on Facebook or reach out to your Main Office to connect online. Other suggested platforms you can follow:

We welcome families’ participation on social media and encourage you to share photos and videos with the hashtag #InsideSuccess! We love to celebrate each of our scholar’s achievements — big and small — and we appreciate your help in building safe and welcoming online communities! As a reminder, please always be respectful in posts, especially when responding to people you disagree with. Don’t post information that is false, use inappropriate or discriminatory language, or solicit advertising.

Gear Store

Show off your SA pride with optional items from our Gear Store. It offers Success Academy apparel, bags and accessories, drinkware, and posters for purchase. (These items are not part of the scholar uniform and are not required for scholars or parents).

Academic Calendar & School Day

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar marks key events such as no-school days, early-dismissal days, and the first and last days of school.

A few things to note:

  • Spring Break will be March 5 to 9, 2018.
  • A half-day schedule is effective on Wednesdays and may occasionally change to other days of the week to accommodate academic programming.
  • Dates are subject to change.

School Closures/Delayed Openings

We rarely close school because of bad weather. When storms are forecasted, we will let you know whether we will close or delay the opening of school. You will receive notification via e-mail and social media. If necessary, we may also send texts and robocalls. You can also check or call the Main Office.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:

  • Doors Open: 7:15 A.M.
  • Arrival: 8:15 A.M.
  • Dismissal: 4:30 P.M.


  • Doors Open: 7:15 A.M.
  • Arrival: 8:15 A.M.
  • Dismissal: 1:15 P.M.

*If the school changes this schedule for any reason, you will receive advance notice via e-mail.


Scholars arrive through the 34th Street entrance (the tunnel between 33rd and 34th Streets).


We believe our scholars have enough maturity and responsibility to leave school and go home alone. Thus, all scholars will dismiss alone. If you would prefer that an adult pick up your scholar, please notify the Main Office to make arrangements. Scholars cannot travel using a van service or travel in a van without a parent/guardian.

If a scholar is leaving early for any reason, the parent/guardian must contact the Main Office in advance and provide the time the scholar will leave and the reason for early dismissal. All scholars who leave early must sign out at the Main Office, even if they leave on their own.

All adult visitors must sign in and show photo ID to enter the school building.

*updated 10/6/17

Being late or cutting class

Scholars are considered late if they are not in their classrooms and in their seats by the time the class period begins. Teachers and school leadership will assign appropriate consequences based on the frequency and severity of tardiness and will notify parents of consequences.

School Supplies and Lunch

Success Academy provides all scholars with their necessary school supplies — you will never have to purchase pencils, notebooks, or other classroom supplies. Lunch and snacks are also provided free of charge for all scholars, except on early dismissal days. For scholars with dietary restrictions or allergies, parents must provide lunch and snacks as appropriate.

Clubs and Competitive Sports


Clubs and extracurriculars are critical to scholar’s engagement with school; they also bolster college applications. Our clubs take place primarily before and after school. Scholars may propose clubs; all clubs require a faculty advisor.

Competitive Sports and Athletics

Scholar athletes can participate in modified, junior varsity, and varsity level sports. To be eligible to participate in school athletics, a scholar must be in good academic and character standing (75 GPA or higher). A scholar on academic probation is ineligible to compete in athletics, but may remain on a practice squad. In the absence of extenuating circumstances, if a scholar has been suspended at any time during the fall, winter, or spring sports season, he or she will be ineligible for competition but may remain on the practice squad.

Sports and Club Fees

After-school sports and clubs require that participating families pay a fee, which helps offset the cost of these programs. Families experiencing hardship may qualify for financial aid. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation in these activities, or about financial aid, please contact the Main Office.

School Day Policies

Electronics at School:

For cell phones and other personal technology, our rule is simple: If we see it or hear it, we take it away. Any teacher or administrator has the authority to enforce this rule. If a scholar’s personal technology is confiscated, he or she may pick it up from the Main Office at the end of the school day. If a scholar violates this rule more than two times in any semester, he or she will be required to leave the cell phone or other personal technology in the Main Office at the beginning of the school day. Devices may be picked up when the scholar leaves the building for the day. Success Academy is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones or other personal technology that scholars choose to bring to school.

All cell phones must be turned off from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They must be silenced and turned to vibrate only from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If a scholar needs to make an emergency phone call to a family member during the school day, the scholar must first obtain permission from a teacher or administrator and use the school telephone in the Main Office.

Nut Policy:

The school is nut-aware. Nut allergies are a medical condition that can cause severe and life-threatening reactions. For the safety of scholars with nut allergies, all snacks and lunches brought to school should not contain nuts.

Junk Food Policy:

Success Academy has a strict ban on sugary drinks and junk food. Schools offer scholars a nutritious lunch and snack daily and expect our families to adhere to our nutritional standards. Any candy, soda, and other junk food that students bring to school will be thrown out.

Open Door Policy:

We believe in transparency. After the first six weeks of school, you are free — without an appointment — to come to the school and observe any classroom. Simply stop by the Main Office and let us know you are there. Visits are limited to 30 minutes, and we ask that you please remain silent while visiting a classroom so you don’t interrupt student learning.

Health Policies

Keep Scholar Home Policy:

If your child has a contagious illness or any of the symptoms or ailments below, please keep your child at home and seek a doctor’s care.


Fever of 99.4°F or higher

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis)

What is pinkeye?

Pinkeye (also called conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the eyelid and eye surface. Pinkeye is very common. It usually is not serious and goes away in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or allergies and is highly contagious.

How we prevent the spread of pinkeye

We ask scholars to frequently wash or sanitize their hands at school. Please make sure you do the same at home. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of pinkeye.

If your scholar takes medication for allergies, please make sure that your child is taking his or her medication regularly as allergies can cause pinkeye.

If you suspect your scholar has pinkeye

Keep them home until symptoms resolve themselves. They will be sent home if they come to school with pinkeye.

Body lice

What is body lice?

Body lice are tiny insects, about the size of a sesame seed, that live in clothing and bedding and travel to skin several times a day to feed on blood. The most common sites for bites are around the neck, shoulders, armpits, waist and groin. They are different from head lice and are spread by skin to skin contact. They are a common problem among school-age children and are not an indicator of poor hygiene. They do not transmit diseases or infections, and do not jump or fly from host to host.

How we prevent the spread of body lice

Routinely check your child’s head and body for rashes/skin bumps, itching, bites, or bruises on arms, torso, or thighs. Symptoms may not appear for days or weeks.

If your scholar has body lice

You must take your child to the doctor to be evaluated and treated. Your child cannot come back to school without a doctor’s note and proof of treatment. If your child is brought to school with lice, we will send him/her home. All clothing, towels, and bedding that an affected person has used must be washed in hot water and dried thoroughly on high heat. All carpeting and rugs must also be thoroughly vacuumed. Hair accessories, such as hair elastics and ribbons, should be thrown away.

Treat household members who have had skin-to-skin contact with an affected person at the same time to prevent re-infestation.

Head lice

What is head lice?

Lice are parasites that are found on human heads. Head lice are spread by personal contact or the sharing of combs, brushes, caps, and other clothing and a common problem among school-age children and are not an indicator of poor hygiene. They do not transmit diseases or infections, and do not jump or fly from host to host.

How to prevent the spread of head lice

Please routinely check your child’s head/hair for lice, rashes/skin bumps, or bites. Pay attention to signs of itching.

If your scholar has head lice

You must take your child to the doctor to be evaluated and treated. Your child cannot come back to school without a doctor’s note and proof of treatment. If your child is brought to school with lice, we will send him/her home. All clothing, towels, and bedding that an affected person has used must be washed in hot water and dried thoroughly on high heat. All carpeting and rugs must also be thoroughly vacuumed. Hair accessories, such as hair elastics and ribbons, should be thrown away.

Bed bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny insects that live in furniture such as mattresses, sofas, and couches. Bites may consist of a raised red bump or by trails of bites in one area. They are often accompanied by intense itching.

How we prevent the spread of bed bugs

When a bed bug is found on a scholar’s clothing, backpack or seat pack, it is our policy that the scholar be sent home and remain out of school while the family has the scholar’s home inspected. The scholar may return to school once the family shows proof of inspection and extermination.

If you suspect your home may have bed bugs

Please notify the school immediately and arrange to have your home inspected and, if necessary, treated by an exterminator. Learn more at and Choosing and Working with a NYC Pest Control Company.

Scarlet fever

What is scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever is a bacterial illness that develops in some people who have strep throat. Also known as scarlatina, scarlet fever features a bright red rash that covers most of the body. Scarlet fever is almost always accompanied by a sore throat and a high fever.

Scarlet fever is most common in children 5 to 15 years of age. Although scarlet fever was once considered a serious childhood illness, antibiotic treatments have made it less threatening. Still, if left untreated, scarlet fever can result in more serious conditions that affect the heart, kidneys and other parts of the body.

How we prevent the spread of strep throat and scarlet fever

We ask scholars to frequently wash or sanitize their hands at school. Please make sure you do the same at home. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of infections. We also encourage scholars to always cover their mouths with their elbow when sneezing.

If you suspect your scholar may have a strep throat/scarlet fever

Keep your child home and talk to your doctor if they have a sore throat with: A fever of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher, swollen or tender glands in the neck, or a red rash.


What is ringworm?

Ringworm (tinea or dermatophytosis) is a type of fungal infection of the skin – it actually has nothing to do with worms. The specific symptoms of ringworm depend on the location, but typically include: Itchy skin; Red, scaly, or cracked skin; a ring-shaped rash (from which ringworm gets its name); Hair loss in the affected area (if hair was present).

How we prevent the spread of ringworm

Ringworm is highly contagious. We ask scholars to frequently wash or sanitize their hands at school. Please make sure you do the same at home. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of infections. You can catch ringworm by: Having direct, skin-to-skin contact with affected areas of an infected person’s body; Touching an infected animal, particularly cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and cows; Touching an object or surface that’s contaminated with the fungi, such as clothing, towels, bed linens, brushes, chairs, and toilet.

If you suspect your scholar may have ringworm

Keep your child home and talk to your doctor. While ringworm can often easily be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, which are available as creams, gels, lotions, sprays, and powders, it is best to discuss with your doctor about the best treatment.

If a staff member believes that your child has any of these, we will notify you and send your child home immediately. Your child may return to school only after we receive proof of treatment. Your child does not need a doctor’s note to return after having a fever.

If a bed bug is found on your child or your child’s personal belongings, you must provide documentation that appropriate action has been taken by your landlord or an exterminator before your child can return to school.

Seasonal Allergies Policy:

Many of our Success Academy scholars suffer from seasonal allergies, and we want them to be happy, healthy, and able to focus during school hours. If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, please make sure he or she is receiving the care needed, including the administration of prescribed medication.

What are seasonal allergies?

  • Seasonal allergies, sometimes called "hay fever" or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor molds release their spores, and trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants.

What to do if your child suffers from seasonal allergies

  • Wash your child’s arms and face after walking outside to remove pollen and decrease irritation to the child’s eyes.
  • Keep windows closed at home to keep pollen outside.

If your child needs to take any allergy medication (prescription or over-the-counter) during the school day, make sure you and your doctor have completed the Medication Administration Form (MAF).


Academic Standards

All Success Academy high school courses are designed to prepare scholars for college. We prioritize content mastery, critical thinking, writing, and speaking in every course. Our core courses are aligned to rigorous College Board examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT II exams. A scholar’s grades are determined as follows: 25% classwork, 25% homework, 20% midterm exam, and 30% final exam.

Below is our grading scale for all courses and the equivalent GPA (grade point average) points:

Exceeds Expectations:

Grade Percentage
A+ 97-100
A 93-96.5
A- 90-92.5
B+ 97-89.5

Meets Expectations:

Grade Percentage
B 83-86.5
B- 80-82.5
C+ 77-79.5
C 73-76.5

Does Not Meet Expectations:

Grade Percentage
C- 69.5-72.5
F 69 & below

Some courses are graded as Pass/High Pass/Fail. To pass such courses, a scholar must receive at least the equivalent of a “C.” Scholars may also choose the Pass/High Pass/Fail option for certain elective courses as designated by the teacher. These courses do not count toward a scholar’s GPA but are counted as graduation requirement credit.

When a course is completed, a scholar receives a comprehensive, final course grade. All semester and final course grades are entered on a scholar’s official transcript. To gain course credit, a scholar must receive a C- or above as the final course grade.

Assessments and Testing

Success Academy uses a college exam structure to assess scholar learning and understanding of curricula. All high school scholars take midterm exams and final exams every semester. In addition, all scholars are required to take the PSAT, SAT, and AP Literature, AP World History, SAT II Mathematics Level IC, and NY State Algebra II Regents.

Scholar Performance Reports

Parents can check their scholar’s PupilPath status online at anytime to track their academic progress. In addition to weekly e-mails from your child’s advisor, report cards are produced at the end of each semester. They show school culture data (tardies, absences, etc.) as well as your scholar’s cumulative grade and GPA for the semester.

Graduation Requirements

Success Academy’s graduation requirements exceed those of a New York State Regents’ Diploma. Expanding graduation requirements is in part possible due to our longer school day and longer school year. This year Success Academy High School will be switching to a semester system. The chart below outlines our graduation requirements.

Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Graduation Requirements:

Courses SA-HSLA Semesters
Literature 8
History 8
Composition & Research 8
Science 8
Mathematics 8
Physical Education 4
Advisory/Health 2
Fine Arts 2
Electives 8

*Please note that Success Academy scholars fulfill the NYS Regents’ requirement of a Second Language prior to entering ninth grade.

Special Education

Success Academy is dedicated to ensuring that your child receives the services he or she needs to excel in school. If your scholar struggles to learn despite all the robust general education support we provide, then the school’s leadership team will suggest a meeting to discuss your options. Success Academy guides families through the special education referral and evaluation process and coordinates special education services with the Committee on Special Education. If your incoming scholar has an Individualized Education Program, please notify the school as soon as possible. If you have questions about your child’s services, about the Committee on Special Education, or about special education in general, please contact the school’s special education staff.


Please do not ask your child’s teacher or another staff member for tutoring outside of school. It is not permitted. If your child needs additional support, your child’s teacher will provide it during school.

Skips and Holdovers

We are fully committed to always meeting every scholar’s academic needs and finding the best fit for them, including adjusting supports and finding the appropriate level of challenge. Sometimes to get the exact right academic level, we will recommend moving your scholar to another grade, either forward (skip) or back (holdover). The principal and your scholar’s advisor will have a series of discussions with you to determine if this is the appropriate step.

School Culture

General Information

School culture is vitally important to our scholars’ educational experience. We are not only providing our scholars with an academically rigorous high school education and preparing them for college, but we are also helping them become responsible and productive citizens. We expect all staff members, scholars, and parents/guardians to practice our ACTION values.

Positive Reinforcement System

Scholars earn merits and demerits based on choices they make throughout the school day. These contribute to their overall ACTION grade, which is included in their high school transcript. Scholars who receive major demerits may earn detention. Scholars who receive major merits earn privileges such as off-campus lunch or trips. Parents can reference their scholar’s ACTION grade on Skedula through PupilPath.


At Success Academy High School, we proudly represent a culture of joyful and driven professionalism by embodying the following standards:

We Produce Excellent Work

We Meet Expectations

We are always committed to completing the task(s) at hand with our best effort. We listen, speak, and act with a high level of focus. We finish all our assignments in a thorough and thoughtful manner, even when the work is difficult or challenging.

We fulfill the verbal and written expectations set for us, 100% of the time. We follow directions precisely, whether during class or on assignments. We adhere to school-wide policies and systems.

We Exhibit Professional Presence

We Take Ownership

We speak, listen, and act with a strong professional presence. We maintain good posture and consistent eye contact during lessons. We speak in clear, confident, complete sentences. We are polite and pleasant when interacting with others. When necessary, we manage frustration and stress appropriately.

We take ownership over the quality of our high school experience. We make an effort to be positive and engaged in our school community. We proactively and professionally seek solutions to our problems and our concerns.

Respecting Diversity

At Success Academy, we believe that mutual respect is at the heart of our school community. We talk to scholars about the responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other to do what is right and kind, to be honest and open, and to treat others as we wish to be treated. Discrimination is against the law, and it is the policy of Success Academy to respect every member of our community regardless of race, color, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disability, or sexual orientation, including a person’s LGBTQ status. We do so not just because it’s our legal obligation but because we believe all people should be treated fairly.

Academic Integrity

One of our core values is honesty; we take academic integrity seriously. In general, academic cheating is:

  • Claiming someone else’s work as your own, including copying a fellow scholar’s work or the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another and the representation of such language/thoughts as original work (plagiarism)
  • Taking an illicit, unfair advantage on work assigned, including through online resources or unauthorized technology, crib notes, CliffsNotes, or similar materials
  • Changing answers when correcting work in class
  • Falsifying school work in any way

In school, faculty and staff talk to scholars about cheating, and they increase the frequency of this message as scholars ascend grades. We explain why it is wrong. We explain what it looks like, and what behaviors constitute cheating. We also explain that we have stiff penalties for cheating and why those penalties are put in place. For scholars who cheat, we have an automatic three-day suspension. This helps not only to dissuade the child from cheating, but also to prevent even greater moral misconduct later on in life.

Behavior Expectations

Honor Code

Our first priority is to ensure the safety of all scholars and staff, and we believe that creating safe, orderly schools allows scholars to participate as productively as possible in the classroom. We do not allow one child to disrupt the learning environment for all. To establish and maintain a school culture that promotes learning and respect for others, we have created an Honor Code that we expect the entire Success Academy Community to uphold, both inside and outside of school.

Scholars are expected to act honorably at all times. Adhering to the Honor Code means that scholars will act truthfully, with high moral character, both on and off school property. Scholars must also bring forth knowledge of any violations to school leadership. Scholars engaging in or having knowledge of immoral, dangerous, illegal, and unsafe behavior will receive consequences including but not limited to detention, community service, suspension, expulsion, etc.

This Honor Code extends beyond our classroom walls. We expect scholars to behave appropriately and be respectful of others whether they are on school property or not. When we receive reports of scholars cursing and yelling on buses, blocking sidewalks, or jumping over subway turnstiles, we take swift and direct action, which may include a suspension. When a student wearing a Success Academy uniform acts in this manner, it harms the reputation of all our students. We want our scholars to be treated with respect and for them to succeed in their future endeavors. Please sit down and discuss this with your scholar.

Code of Conduct

Please keep in mind that the list of infractions and consequences is not exhaustive. School leaders can supplement the Code of Conduct with additional rules as appropriate. In addition, consequences for violations of the Code of Conduct are subject to the discretion of school leadership and may be supplemented and/or adjusted accordingly. A scholar’s prior conduct and his/her disciplinary history may be factors in determining the appropriate consequence for an infraction.

The Code of Conduct will be enforced at all times. Scholars must adhere to the Code of Conduct when at school, on school grounds, participating in a school-sponsored activity, and on the way to or from school or a school-sponsored activity. Serious misconduct outside of the school may be considered a school disciplinary offense when the misconduct or the scholar’s continued presence at the school has or would have a significant detrimental effect on the school and/or has created or would create a risk of substantial disruption to the work of the school.

Level 1 - Infractions

  • Engaging in minor disruptive or disrespectful behavior (including inappropriate noise level at any time)
  • Failing to follow directions
  • Arriving late to school/class or violating the school’s attendance policy
  • Violating the Dress Code
  • Littering on school grounds or causing minor damage to school property
  • Going to an area within the school building (e.g., other classrooms, the Main Office, stairwells) without permission or at undesignated times
  • Inappropriate noise levels in lunchroom, gym, and/or during arrival/dismissal
  • Being unprepared for class (which includes, but is not limited to, failing to complete homework)
  • Wearing clothing or other items that are unsafe or disruptive to the educational process
  • Failing to obtain required signatures on assignments or documents as requested

Level 1 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Verbal or non-verbal warning by school staff
  • Reminder of appropriate behavior and task at hand
  • Loss of privileges
  • Other in-school disciplinary action
  • Detention
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by school

Level 2 - Infractions

  • Committing a Level 1 Infraction after intervention
  • Using school equipment (e.g., computers, tablets, phones) without permission, improperly, or in an unsafe manner
  • Unauthorized possession or use of a cell phone
  • Verbally or physically disrespecting a fellow scholar (which includes, but is not limited to, teasing, name calling, being rude, mocking)
  • Verbally or physically disrespecting faculty, staff, other Success Academy community members, or other adults (which includes, but is not limited to, being disrespectful, being rude, disobeying instructions)
  • Consistently arriving late to school/class or violating the school’s attendance policy, including missing mandatory academic intervention *updated 9/18/17
  • Disrupting class or educational process in any way at any time (which includes, but is not limited to, making excessive noise in a classroom, failing to participate, refusing to work with partners, etc.)
  • Leaving class, school-related activity, or school premises without school authorization
  • Posting, viewing, or distributing inappropriate or offensive materials

Level 2 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Conversation with principal/school administrator
  • Meeting between Success Academy staff, scholar, and/or parent/guardian
  • Verbal or written apology to community
  • Non-participation in a school activity (which may include, but is not limited to, communal lunch, enrichment or extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or trips)
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by school

Level 3 - Infractions

  • Committing a Level 2 Infraction after intervention
  • Seriously disrespecting a fellow scholar, faculty, staff, or other Success Academy community member (e.g., using profanity, making racial slurs, or using any foul or discriminatory language or gestures)
  • Exhibiting blatant and repeated disrespect for school policies, community, or culture
  • Violating the Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy
  • Forgery
  • Lying or providing false or misleading information to school personnel
  • Engaging in academic dishonesty (which includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, copying another’s work, or colluding/fraudulent collaboration)
  • Tampering with school records, documents, or materials
  • Falsely activating a fire alarm or other disaster alarm
  • Making threats of any kind
  • Vandalizing or misusing school property or property belonging to any member of the Success Academy community (which includes, but is not limited to, writing on desks, writing on school books, damaging property)
  • Stealing or knowingly possessing property belonging to another person without proper authorization
  • Throwing, slamming, or pushing classroom materials, doors, furniture, or other objects
  • Engaging in physically aggressive behavior (which includes, but is not limited to, “play fighting” or horseplay)
  • Repeatedly failing to attend class, school, or any school activity or event and/or repeatedly violating the school’s attendance policy

Level 3 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Conversation with principal/school administrator
  • Meeting between Success Academy staff, scholar, and/or parent/guardian
  • Verbal or written apology to community
  • Non-participation in a school activity (which may include, but is not limited to, communal lunch, enrichment or extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or trips)
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Level 4 - Infractions

  • Committing a Level 3 Infraction after intervention
  • Committing an infraction after repeated suspensions and/or other disciplinary actions
  • Engaging in gang-related behavior (which includes, but is not limited to, wearing gang apparel, making gestures, or signs)
  • Destroying or attempting to destroy school property or property belonging to any member of the Success Academy community
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in inappropriate, unsafe, or unwanted physical contact
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in stalking, intimidation, bullying, discrimination, harassment, coercion, or extortion of any member of the Success Academy community
  • Threatening violence or harm (including by claiming to possess a weapon)
  • Engaging in behavior that creates a substantial risk of or results in injury/assault against any member of the Success Academy community
  • Gambling
  • Possessing, selling/sharing, or using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal or controlled substances
  • Participating in an incident of group violence
  • Possessing anything that could be considered as a dangerous object
  • Being charged with or convicted of a crime/felony

Level 4 - Range of School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Meeting between Success Academy staff, scholar, and/or parent/guardian
  • Non-participation in a school activity (which may include, but is not limited to, communal lunch, enrichment or extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or trips)
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Other consequences/interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Detentions, Suspensions, and Expulsion


A scholar who violates the Code of Conduct may be given before- or after-school detention for one or more days.

Suspensions and Expulsions:

A scholar who violates the Code of Conduct may be suspended from school for one or more days.

A short-term suspension refers to the removal of a scholar from the school for disciplinary reasons for a period of five days or fewer.

Examples of infractions that may warrant a suspension of one day or more include, but are not limited to:

  • Refusing to respect teachers, staff, or leadership or DOE-based staff
  • Intentionally cursing, or
  • Hitting another scholar

Examples that may warrant a suspension of three days or more include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheating
  • Physical violence towards a teacher, or
  • Inappropriate sexual conduct

Examples that may warrant a suspension of five days or more include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical assault of staff members or school safety agents or
  • Drug use

A long-term suspension refers to the removal of a scholar for disciplinary reasons for a period of more than five days.

If your child is suspended, you will be notified via phone call or in person at dismissal. You will receive a suspension letter within 24 hours. You must make arrangements with the school for mandatory alternative instruction for your child during his/her suspension. Parents are required to meet with school leadership on the first day a suspended scholar returns to school. These meetings are the most important part of any suspension; they are discussions about the future and preventing the incident from ever happening again.

A scholar who repeatedly or seriously violates the Code of Conduct may be permanently removed from the school for disciplinary reasons. However, in the 11 years Success Academy has operated schools, only one child has been expelled.

Violence and Agression

Success Academy does not tolerate aggressive or violent conduct that puts the safety of our scholars or staff in jeopardy.

Harassment, Discrimination, And Bullying

Harassment, discrimination, and bullying are unacceptable in our schools and will not be tolerated. We come from different backgrounds and have different religious beliefs and lifestyles, but we are united in teaching children that part of success is being respectful, kind, and caring citizens. The Scholar Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Bullying Policy (Appendix A) sets forth guidelines for preventing, reporting, and responding to potential acts of harassment, discrimination, and bullying.

Integrated K-12 Education


In the spring of every school year, Success Academy parents are required to declare whether they intend to re-enroll for the next school year. All students are entitled to re-enroll for the following school year. Parents/guardians who choose to re-enroll for the following year will be required to submit online certain forms. The school may also require an in-person meeting as part of the re-enrollment process.

Failure to submit required forms in a timely fashion and/or complete the re-enrollment process may result in your child’s loss of his or her seat at the school.

Miscellaneous Policies


Other than your scholar’s uniform and tech and club fees, you won’t have to worry about any other expenses or fundraising. In fact, fundraising of any kind is not permitted — we prefer that you focus your time and energy on your child’s academic success and well-being.

Gifts to Staff

Our staff are thrilled to accept your thanks and kind words, but they do not expect any gifts. To avoid issues of favoritism and competition, staff members can accept only gifts that are homemade (e.g., a card, a letter, your child’s art, or baked goods). They cannot accept any gifts that are store-bought.

Lost & Found

Lost and found items will be kept in the Main Office and, if unclaimed, will be donated at the school’s discretion. Please label all of your child’s clothing; your child is also responsible for keeping track of his or her belongings.

Requests for Specific Teachers or Advisors

Each year, we do our best to ensure that your child has teachers and an advisor who will provide the best possible learning experience. However, we do not accept or accommodate requests for a specific teacher or advisors.

Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

Please ensure that you and your child read and understand the Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy (Appendix B). This policy sets forth guidelines and rules for your child’s use of computers, the Internet, and other technological resources available at school.

Requests for Transfer to a different Success Academy

In general, once a scholar is admitted to an SA school, there is no ability to transfer to a different SA school.  In very rare circumstances, however, a scholar may be eligible for a transfer if (1) there is a documented safety concern, or (2) the family has a significant hardship (e.g., extensive commute, or relocation to a shelter).  Such requests will only be considered if they are in the best interests of the scholar and family, in terms of academics, behavior, and school culture, as determined by school leadership.  Requests to transfer due to a significant hardship will be considered only from 9/1 through 11/30 each year, except for scholars in their first year at SA, who are ineligible for a transfer unless there is a documented safety concern. If you would like to request a transfer, please reach out to your Senior Leader.

*updated 1/22/18

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Please see this notice for information regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), directory information, and access to your child’s educational records.

Appendix A

Anti-Harrassment, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Bullying Policy

All scholars should feel safe and welcome at school. We have a zero tolerance policy against acts of harassment, discrimination, or bullying. This includes behaviors that take place outside of school if they harm others or disrupt scholars’ education.

We are all responsible for stopping instances of harassment, discrimination, and bullying before and when they happen.

Harrassment, Discrimination, and Bullying

In general, bullying:

  • Is targeted and repeated
  • Involves a power imbalance
  • Creates a hostile environment
  • Has substantial negative consequences

Harassment, discrimination, and bullying can be behaviors that are physical, verbal, social, and/or cyber (Internet). Here are examples of harassing or bullying behaviors when targeted and repeated:

  • Physical: Physical aggression of any kind or damaging/forcibly taking others’ property
  • Verbal: Name-calling, derogatory or offensive comments, making threats, teasing, or spreading harmful rumors
  • Social: Deliberately harming another scholar’s friendships or relationships
  • Cyber (Internet): Sending text messages, pictures, or e-mails that hurt or embarrass others

Preventing Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying

Respect toward others is one of our most important principles. You should always treat others as you would want to be treated. It is never okay to engage in harassing, bullying, or discriminatory conduct.

You are responsible for your own actions, even if everyone else is acting in an inappropriate manner. While you don’t have to be friends with every single scholar at school, you do have to be respectful at all times.

Reporting Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying

Tell your teacher, your school’s Dignity Act Coordinator, a leader, or another adult (including a parent/guardian) right away if you believe you are being harassed, discriminated against, or bullied, or if you believe someone else is. Your school’s principal will make sure the school investigates and puts a stop to any harassment, discrimination, and bullying. Parents/guardians may also report potential acts of harassment, discrimination, or bullying to teachers and administrators. Reports may be made orally or in writing.

Suspension and Expulsion

Scholars may be disciplined (including suspension, expulsion, and/or other consequences) for violating this policy.

No Retaliation

There will be no retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, reports or assists in the investigation of potential acts of harassment, discrimination, or bullying.

Appendix B

Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

Technology can be a great learning tool. However, scholars should use technology safely and responsibly.

By “technology” we mean computers, tablets, phones, mobile devices, the Internet, social media (including Facebook, Twitter, and others), blogs, e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communication. “Technology” also includes educational websites, applications, and platforms including Google’s G Suite for Education that scholars use for educational purposes. .

This policy covers the use of ANY technology (not just technology owned by the school), including off-campus use, which could disrupt the school or scholars’ education and/or interfere with others’ rights. This policy is meant to be representative, and does NOT cover every single situation.

If you violate this policy, you may lose technology privileges or be subject to other disciplinary consequences.

Be Safe

  • Never share your login credentials (username and password) with anyone.
  • Never share information about yourself or pictures with strangers.
  • If you meet someone online, do not meet in person.
  • If someone sends you a message that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents or a teacher right away.

Be Appropriate

  • Be polite, kind, and respectful. It’s okay to disagree with others’ views, but do so respectfully.
  • Bullying, including “cyberbulling,” harassment, inappropriate language,, and discrimination will not be tolerated. It is not acceptable to be mean, make fun of, embarrass, or pick on others. You also cannot curse or use other language online that you would not be able to use at school.
  • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want friends, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or a future employer to see! (Even if you think your site is private, it’s probably not—people can view and share what you post, now and far into the future.)
  • Don’t “friend” your teachers or other Success Academy staff online.
  • Don’t view, send, or post messages or pictures that would be inappropriate for school, would harm another person, and/or would disrupt school.
  • Respect others’ privacy.
  • Don’t “hack” or access computers or websites without permission.
  • Don’t pretend you are someone else or use someone else’s identity online.
  • Do your own work. Don’t plagiarize (presenting others’ ideas or writings as your own).

Be Responsible

  • YOU are responsible for YOUR online conduct.
  • Don’t copy or download books, music, movies, pictures, or anything else without the owner’s permission.
  • Don’t gamble or engage in illegal activity online.
  • If you are unsure whether something violates this policy, ask your teacher.
  • If someone violates this policy, report the violation immediately to a teacher.

Keeping Our Community Safe

For the safety of our school community and to comply with federal law, we will:

  • Teach you how to be safe on the Internet. Instruction will cover how to have appropriate online behavior (including on social networking sites and in chat rooms) and how to avoid and address cyberbullying
  • Monitor the use of our technology at all times
  • To the extent practical, use filtering software that blocks inappropriate content and/or websites deemed to be obscene, contains child pornography, or content harmful to minors.
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