Welcome to a new year at Success Academy!

Dear Families,

Middle school is a time when scholars expand their horizons and explore new interests. They learn to refine their study habits and prepare for the rigors of high school and college. Middle school can also bring new challenges as children enter their pre-teen and teenage years and seek new independence. They have to deal with increasing social pressures, and communications with adults can often become more difficult as well.

We want to help parents and scholars cope with this more complicated time. By working together to make our schools productive centers of learning, we can help scholars focus on their talents and academics while also gaining independence, developing friendships, and making smart choices. This requires the cooperation of everyone.

To give you the information you need to help your child achieve, we’ve compiled this digital handbook for Success Academy scholars and parents. The handbook includes policies that will help scholars take advantage of all the opportunities available to them and avoid pitfalls. School leaders and teachers cannot educate your children without your active participation. We need your help to make our schools as constructive and beneficial as possible.

We want you to understand how our schools work so your scholar can have a successful future at Success Academy. Please read the handbook, and if you have any questions about its contents, feel free to contact the school’s Main Office.

I encourage you to visit the virtual tour of our middle schools, which explains the why behind our school design and philosophy. You can also review our middle school curriculum guide here.

Enjoy the school year, and let’s achieve great things together.

Sincerely,

Eva Moskowitz
Founder and CEO

Parent Responsibilities

General Information

While you may say, “Finally, my child is independent, and I can be less involved than when my scholar entered kindergarten,” the truth is you need to be more involved, though in a different way. The parental role is 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 completed. It is also imperative that you know where your scholar is once they leave school to ensure that they are acting appropriately both in and outside of school. It is your responsibility as a parent/guardian to monitor your child’s actions on social media and as they travel. It’s still crucial that you stay deeply involved by asking about what your scholar is 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 policies and values. All of these policies and values work together to ensure Success Academy’s successful school model. (Please note that the Parent Contract may be revised each year as our school design evolves. Last updated: May 2019.)

As a Success Academy parent or 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 understand that every minute of instructional time counts. I will ensure that my scholar attends school every day and acknowledge that even a minute late is tardy.
  • I will ensure my scholar comes to school in their complete uniform ready to learn every day.
  • I will notify the school of an absence no later than arrival time on the day of the absence and send a note with my scholar when they return to school.
  • 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 ensure that my scholar observes the Success Academy Honor Code, upholds the highest levels of academic integrity, and follows guidelines for expected behavior.
  • I will ensure that I am aware of my scholar’s whereabouts and actions after he/she is dismissed from school. I will reinforce that they are accountable for their actions even outside of school.
  • I will regularly and carefully read all information provided by Success Academy, sent in any media format, including emails.
  • I will respond to all nonemergency school communications within 24 hours, and any urgent communications immediately.
  • I will provide all the necessary information for Success Academy to provide a safe environment for my scholar including, but not limited to, medical documents, contact information, and any necessary updates.
  • I will work with Success Academy to provide my scholar with all of the supports they need to be successful, including, if required, giving my consent for specialized evaluations and Sprint services if required.
  • I will ensure that my scholar completes and turns in all homework assignments (including reading logs) on time. This includes actively checking my scholar’s progress.
  • I will be an active member of my school community. I will interact with Success Academy staff frequently and call my scholar’s teacher or advisor 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 programming, including academic intervention and detention, before or after school, as required by school staff.
  • I will abide by the Success Academy Scholar Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy, currently included in the SA Family Handbook, and ensure that my scholar does the same.

I pledge to follow these steps to ensure success. I understand that these school policies and those in the Family Handbook are essential to the success of my scholar. I will succeed.

Parent Investment

Your scholar simply cannot achieve their greatest potential without you. As a parent, you play a critical role in setting your scholar up for success. It is your responsibility to ensure that your scholar is prepared for school each day and that homework completion is a priority at home. You must also engage in respectful, timely, and responsive communication with school staff to create a strong foundation to support your scholar. As a parent, you commit to meeting the following expectations:

Homework Supervision

What is Expected:

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

Why This is Important:

Effective homework advances a child’s understanding and knowledge, and factors into whether a scholar is ready to advance to the next grade. In middle school, homework is an essential part of learning by doing and impacts scholars’ GPAs. Homework assignments count for 15% of a high school scholar’s course grade and help develop the self-discipline and time-management skills that are critical for success in college, where almost all work is done outside of class.

School Readiness

What is Expected:

Your child attends school every day 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 being even 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, the 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 forms) by the stated deadline. You attend all required school events and meetings, such as Your Scholar’s Success meetings. You read the weekly ACTION Update e-newsletter to stay aware of announcements and school events. You are respectful when interacting with your child’s teachers, the 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, it is important they are addressed in the moment to ensure that 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.

If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by your scholar’s teacher, reach out to a member of the school’s leadership, and finally to the principal. If you are unable to resolve your question or concern with the principal directly, please contact the Network Office at 646-597-4642 or email info@SuccessAcademies.org. If Network staff cannot address your concerns, you may follow the formal Board Complaint Policy, which is available upon request in the Main Office.

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 Enrollment Forms website. Please make sure that you keep this information up-to-date at all times. Forms that must still be submitted to the Main Office in hard copy are noted below. Blank copies of these forms are available upon request.

Scholar Profile

Please make sure that you keep the information in your Scholar Profile up-to-date at all times. The following forms were completed digitally as part of the re-enrollment process:

Field Study and 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 in all off-campus activities, including field studies. Please review the school’s ACTION Update e-newsletter and other communications to learn about scheduled field studies for your child. You may also be asked to complete additional consent forms for certain field studies. Families of returning scholars are only asked to sign this digital form upon transition to a new school (elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

Immunization Records

Whenever additional immunizations are received, provide an updated copy of your child’s immunization records through the Enrollment Forms site. If your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, your child cannot attend school.

If your scholar had a religious exemption on file, it is no longer valid, due to recent changes in state law, and you must provide proof of all necessary immunizations.

Medication Administration Form (MAF)

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

New York State Proof of 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 your child’s admission to Success Academy. 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 voluntarily move out of New York State must withdraw immediately.

Acceptable Proof of Residency (must show the resident’s name and address)

Unacceptable Proof of Residency

Utility bill (cable, gas, landline phone, electric, water bill)

Any document missing the resident’s name and address

Lease or rent statement

Driver’s license or Social Security card

Tax documents

Bank statement

Paychecks

Cell phone bill

Any letter from a government agency (for food stamps, from the IRS, HRA, Medicaid, City Housing Authority, ACS, Child Health Plus, etc.)

Letters from banks, employers, private insurance companies, or hospitals

Housing Questionnaire:

This form must be submitted by scholars who indicated that they were living in temporary housing in the previous year or who indicate that they are living in temporary housing at re-enrollment. Your responses to this questionnaire will determine whether you are eligible for certain services and protections.

Physical Form (Health Examination Form)
We require that your child receive a new physical exam each year. You are required to provide the school with a copy of the physical form with your child’s doctor’s name and license number as part of re-enrollment before the first day of school. If you do not provide an updated physical form, your child may not attend school.

Without a complete Medical Packet, your scholar will not be able to attend school.

If Applicable: We ask that you submit any court orders relating to the custody and/or safety of your scholar to the school. It is critical that you provide our staff with these anytime a court order is updated.

Homework

We believe in homework at Success Academy. Effective homework is work that advances a child’s understanding and knowledge — it is not busywork. Homework is critical for different reasons at different ages. In middle school, homework is crucial for preparing for upcoming lessons. Scholars read texts and solve problems that provide necessary information for future learning. Scholars need to experience learning as an independent act and plan for both long-term projects and quick turnaround assignments to develop a robust set of time-management skills. Scholars must not only read often but also write on a regular basis. By writing about a variety of topics and in various styles, scholars strengthen their skills and find their own voices. Homework is preparation for more rigorous high school coursework. In middle school, homework completion is an integral part of a scholar’s GPA.

Even with scholars’ growth in responsibility and independence, it is still your responsibility to ensure that your child completes all homework assignments on time. You can help support the development of your scholar’s study habits, which will be critical for college admission and persistence.

Scholars will have approximately 10 to 18 hours of homework each week based on their grade, with the expectation that they do more homework on early dismissal afternoons, over the weekend, and during school breaks. Teachers may also assign a reasonable amount of homework over a weekend if it pertains to working on long-term projects that require additional out-of-class effort, studying math facts or vocabulary, or reading a class novel or independent reading book. Scholars will have access to audiobooks, e-books, and physical books, and they are expected to read at least four independent reading books per month. Scholars must log their nightly reading in their digital reading logs to track their progress toward the monthly goal. These reading logs will be checked each week.

Grades 5-6

Weekly Time on Homework: 10 hours, 30 minutes

  • Independent Reading: 4 books/month (3.5 hours)
  • ELA (Literature & Writing): 2 hours
  • History: 1.5 hours
  • Math: 2.5 hours
  • Science: 1 hour

Grade 7

Weekly Time on Homework: 14 hours, 30 minutes

  • Independent Reading: 4 books/month (3.5 hours)
  • ELA (Literature & Writing): 3 hours
  • History: 2 hours
  • Math: 4 hours
  • Science 2 hours

Grade 8

Weekly Time on Homework: 17 hours, 30 minutes

  • Independent Reading: 4 books/month (3.5 hours)
  • ELA (Literature & Writing): 4 hours
  • History: 3 hours
  • Math: 4 hours
  • Science: 3 hours

Summer and Holiday Homework

We assign homework over holidays and summer break so that every scholar is prepared to move to the next lesson when school resumes. This is particularly important in middle school to ensure that scholars have all the content knowledge they need for exams and high school.

Attendance

Scholars

We expect scholars to come to school every day for the entire day. Even though your child may be traveling alone to school, it is your responsibility to ensure that he or she arrives on time every day. If your child is ill and will be absent or late to school, you must call or email the Main Office before the start of school. 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 when school is not in session)

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

Family vacation

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

Parent/guardian illness

Observance of a religious holiday

Bad weather (unless school is officially closed) or trouble with public transportation (unless massive transit disruption)

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

If your child is regularly absent from school, they are 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, they may have to repeat the grade to make up for lost instructional time.

Starting in kindergarten, any scholar who misses an assessment due to an unexcused absence will not be able to make it up. Those scholars will receive a score of 0 on the assessment they missed.

Parents and Guardians

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

Uniforms

Our dress code requires that all scholars wear uniforms — no exceptions. Uniforms, including specified footwear, 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.

Uniforms and backpacks are sold through FlynnO’Hara. To find a FlynnO’Hara store near you or to place an order online, go to www.flynnohara.com/school/ny264. You can also call 800-441-4122. Remind your child to use a permanent marker to write their first and last name on the tag of all school uniform items.

Families experiencing a hardship may qualify for financial assistance. Please contact your school’s Main Office to learn more about the financial assistance process for uniforms.

All scholars must adhere to the dress code guidelines:

Middle School Girls

FlynnO’Hara Required Items:

  • 2 Kilts (1 plaid, 1 navy)
  • 3 Oxford Shirts (1 short-sleeve, 2 long-sleeve)
  • 2 Polo Shirts (1 short-sleeve, 1 long-sleeve)
  • 1 Cardigan Sweater (same as ES)
  • 1 Large L.L.Bean Backpack with School Logo (same as ES)

Required Items to Purchase from FlynnO’Hara or on Your Own:

  • Black Leather Shoes with Rubber Soles (No laces, designs, or logos; Mary Jane style is acceptable) or FlynnO’Hara Black Canvas Slip-On Sneakers
  • Lycra Shorts
  • Navy Opaque Knee-High or Ankle Socks, or Navy Opaque Tights

Optional FlynnO’Hara Items:

  • Blue Twill Walking Shorts (see additional footwear requirements below)
  • D-Ring Belt (same as ES)
  • Blue Flat-Front Pants (same as ES)
  • Blue V-Neck Sweater
  • Blue Full-Zip Jacket
  • L.L.Bean Lunch Box

*Required Shoes and Socks for Shorts to Purchase from FlynnO’Hara or on Your Own:

  • Navy Knee-High or Ankle Socks, or Black or Navy No-Show Socks
  • Low Black Leather Shoes, such as Mary Jane style (No designs or logos)

Middle School Boys

Required FlynnO’Hara Items:

  • 2 Blue Twill Pants (same as ES)
  • 1 D-Ring Belt (same as ES)
  • 3 Oxford Shirts (2 short sleeve, 1 long-sleeve)
  • 1 Cardigan Sweater (same as ES)
  • 1 Orange Tie
  • 1 Blue Tie
  • 1 Large L.L.Bean Backpack with School Logo (same as ES)

Required Items to Purchase from FlynnO’Hara or on Your Own:

  • Black Leather Shoes with Rubber Soles (No laces, designs or logos; Velcro closure or slip-on loafers are acceptable) or FlynnO’Hara Black Canvas Slip-On Sneakers
  • Navy Crew Socks

Optional FlynnO’Hara Items

  • Blue Twill Walking Shorts (see additional footwear requirements below)
  • Plaid Bow Tie
  • Blue V-Neck Sweater
  • Blue Full-Zip Jacket
  • L.L.Bean Lunch Box

*Required Shoes and Socks for Shorts to Purchase from FlynnO’Hara or on Your Own:

  • Navy Ankle Socks or Black or Navy No-Show Socks
  • Low Black Leather Shoes, such as Loafers, Boat Shoes, or Moccasins (No designs or logos)

Hygiene Packs

All middle school scholars must keep a hygiene pack in their locker or homeroom. The hygiene pack should include deodorant, refreshing wipes, large baggies (for any dirty or wet clothes), sanitary napkins (if appropriate), a set of undergarments and an undershirt, and a pair of uniform-appropriate socks. For scholars who participate in sports electives, the hygiene packs should be replenished weekly.

Scholar Technology and Chromebooks

All middle school families must pay an annual technology fee of $75. This fee, which is collected over the summer as part of re-enrollment, offsets the cost of providing your scholar with complete access to a personal laptop computer and a variety of school-based technology. Families experiencing a hardship may qualify for financial aid. If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact the Main Office.

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 or device.
  • 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.

Get Involved

General Information

There are many ways to get involved. You can get active in your school’s Parent Council and help with school events. As a parent, the best way to support your scholar is to ensure that they do their reading every day and complete all homework.

Volunteers who will have direct and substantial unsupervised contact with scholars must undergo a background check and must be approved by the school’s leadership.

Advocacy

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 world-class 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 that of the families who fought for your school, your participation in our advocacy work is essential to ensure the three Fs — funding, facilities, and freedom — so that we receive funding equal to district schools, have the facilities to open more schools, and operate our schools with the freedom to innovate in teaching and learning. As a parent or guardian, you have an obligation to advocate for what is best for your child, as well as an opportunity to change the lives of the children and families who desperately want the same education your child is getting.

Parents should read the weekly ACTION Update e-newsletter to learn how to get involved in their community’s advocacy events.

Parent Council

All parents and legal guardians may 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 leadership role and run for the Parent Council Executive Committee (PCEC). Working closely with the school’s leadership, this committee leads several school-wide projects and encourages participation in all parent and school activities, especially advocacy events. PCEC members must model and uphold Success Academy’s values and culture, and act as role models for parent engagement with the community and the school’s staff and leadership. All PCEC members must undergo a background check to hold a position. Contact your school’s Main Office to obtain information about election dates, meetings, and events.

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 emailed to you in the school’s ACTION Update e-newsletter.

To make these trips possible, we often ask 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 provide a certain number of chaperones per trip. 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, or fail to adhere to the Parent Contract may not be allowed to chaperone future field studies.

If the school’s leadership decides that a scholar requires individual supervision to ensure their safety or the safety of others on a field study, Success Academy may request that a parent or volunteer chaperone chosen by the parent accompany the scholar. If a parent or other chaperone cannot accompany the scholar, Success Academy may place the scholar in a supervised classroom or make other accommodations to ensure that the scholar is receiving education during the field study. It is up to the discretion of the school’s leadership whether a scholar is not allowed to participate in a particular field study due to the safety of the scholar or others or excessive school culture infractions.

Social Media

Success Academy has a large and growing social media community, and we love sharing joyful photos, videos, and the latest news across all our social media channels, as well as on 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. We encourage you to follow and engage with us via our social media channels:

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 who disagree with you. Don’t post information that is false, use inappropriate or discriminatory language, or solicit advertising. If your scholar uses social media, please discuss what is appropriate to post on these platforms.

Social media channels are not the appropriate forum for complaints. If you would like to raise a complaint, please contact your principal directly. Should your issue persist, you may contact the Network office at 646-597-4641or email info@successacademies.org.

Gear Store

You can 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 at cost. (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. Please find the 2019–2020 academic calendar here.

Please note:

  • Dates are subject to change; please make sure to read the ACTION Update e-newsletter regularly.
  • A half-day schedule is effective on Wednesdays and may occasionally change to other days of the week to accommodate academic programming. Please reference the linked academic calendar regularly.

Arrival and Dismissal

As part of our focus on fostering independence in middle school, all scholars can arrive on their own and will be dismissed directly from their classrooms. If a parent wants to meet their child at the end of the day, they may do so, but the school will not organize dismissal outside. Scholars cannot travel in a van without their parent or guardian present. This van policy is strictly enforced to ensure the safety of our scholars.

If you’re picking up your child from school during the day, you must be on the school’s pickup list and show photo ID to enter a school building. To make any changes to the pickup list, a parent or guardian must contact the Main Office at least 24 hours in advance of a pickup.

2018–2019 Doors Open, Arrival, and Dismissal Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
Grades 5-8

  • Doors Open: 7:45 a.m.
  • Arrival*: 8:45a.m.-9:00 a.m.
  • Dismissal: 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday:
Grades 5-8

  • Doors Open: 7:45 a.m.
  • Arrival*: 8:45 -9:00 a.m.
  • Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

Monday–Friday, Academic Intervention and Study Hall (Zero Period):

  • Doors Open: 7:45 a.m.
  • Arrival*: 8:00 a.m.

Monday–Friday, Clubs and Teams (Zero Period):

  • Doors Open: 7:20 a.m.
  • Arrival*: 7:30 a.m.

*Please note the exceptions to the 8:45-9:00 a.m. arrival window:

  • Academic Intervention and Study Hall: Scholars receiving academic intervention or participating in Study Hall will meet from 8:00–8:55 a.m., with doors opening at 7:45 a.m.
  • Clubs and Sports Teams: Clubs and Sports teams begin practice at 7:30 a.m. (Zero Period). Scholars will be selected for these programs based on tryouts, auditions, or teacher recommendations.

Note: Arrival and dismissal times are subject to change during state testing and for special events and activities. These changes may include making Wednesday a full day and other days half-days as needed. Any changes will be communicated in the ACTION Update e-newsletter; please make sure to read it regularly.

Zero Period: Clubs, Teams, and Tutoring

Zero Period (starting at 7:30 a.m., before the official school day begins) allows scholars to pursue interests and passions at more advanced and competitive levels. Many Zero Period clubs and teams involve weekend commitments, including games, tournaments, competitions, and performances. Zero Period clubs and teams are  competitive middle school offerings and are selected through tryouts, auditions, portfolio submissions, or applications.

Offerings vary by school based on space, enrollment, and staff, and may include advanced art studio, basketball (winter only), chess team, chorus, cross country (spring), dance team, debate team, drama club, and track (fall).

Scholars have the opportunity to express interest in joining a Zero Period club or team at the beginning of every trimester.

Zero Period may also be used to provide tutoring. This form of academic intervention is mandatory, and selected scholars must attend.

School Closures/Delayed Openings

We rarely close school because of bad weather. When storms are forecasted, we will let you know as early as possible whether we will close or delay the opening of school. You will receive notification via email and social media. If necessary, we may also send texts and make robocalls to you and your scholar. You may also check SuccessAcademies.org or call the Main Office.  

School Supplies and Lunch

Success Academy provides all scholars with their necessary school 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.

Recess

Just like math and science, recess is a critical part of a scholar’s day — and it is not optional. Our scholars want (and need) a break from the rigors of the academic day and the opportunity to exercise outside and socialize with their peers. We go outside for recess just about every day. Even in the winter months, we do not stop outdoor play, including when it snows. Unless it is raining heavily or there is ice on the playground, weather should not be a barrier to outside play. Please make sure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather so that they can fully enjoy recess.

Electives

Electives provide scholars with opportunities to further explore interests during the school day. Scholars may choose to study a content area they’re passionate about to deepen their skills or a new content area that they’ve never explored before. Each scholar takes one elective per day and has an opportunity to select an elective every trimester.

Elective offerings vary by school based on available space, enrollment, and staff availability. Possible elective offerings include art, debate, dance, fitness, music, and theater.

Selective Chess, Soccer, and Dance Programs

In 2019–2020, specialized chess programs will be offered at SA Bronx MS, SA Bed-Stuy MS, SA Myrtle MS, SA Harlem East MS, SA Harlem North West, SA Hudson Yards MS, and SA Midtown West MS. Participating scholars will receive daily chess instruction all year long. All scholars in the selective chess program will have access to chess tournaments throughout New York City. The highest-ranking scholars at each school will travel to compete in Chess Nationals and receive additional training through Zero Period and Wednesday Chess Club. As part of the middle school placement process, rising grade 5 scholars were selected on the basis of their USCF rating scores.

In 2019–2020, an academy-style soccer program will be offered at SA Harlem North Central and SA Bed-Stuy MS to approximately 80 scholars. Invitations to participate were based on skill demonstrated in the SA Elementary Soccer Program. The academy-style program will run year-round. Daily curriculum-driven training sessions are modeled after top European soccer academies. Players will also receive individual soccer evaluations and personalized training, and will participate in external league play and tournaments.

In 2019–2020, a specialized dance program with differentiated offerings will be introduced at SA Harlem North West. Participating scholars will have the opportunity to develop strong technical skills, preparing them to compete on the national stage. Scholars must audition to ensure placement in the appropriate class level.

After-School Programs and Clubs

After-School Programs

If your child attends an offsite after-school program, it is your responsibility to inform the after-school program about special circumstances, such as events, holidays, school closures, early dismissal days, etc.

Clubs

Success Academy offers Wednesday after-school clubs and Saturdays for athletics to provide valuable enrichment opportunities for scholars who are passionate about a content area and are interested in exploring the content more deeply than is possible during the regular school day. Clubs are selective, as interest typically exceeds the number of available slots. Teachers select scholars for after-school clubs based on tryouts, portfolio submissions, or their performance in class. Families are typically notified about their scholar’s selection to a club by early September.

For club-related travel, including overnight trips, and tournaments, scholars must meet certain requirements to participate:

  • Academic Performance: Scholars should have an 80% GPA or higher.

  • Culture Performance: Scholars should have 95% homework and reading log completion, three or fewer unexcused absences or tardies, and no more than one suspension per academic year.


For additional details, please see the Competitive Team Handbooks. 

School Day Policies

In-School Policies

Open-Door Policy:

We believe in transparency. After the first six weeks of school, you are welcome to schedule a 30-minute window to come to the school and observe any classroom. Please remain silent while visiting a classroom so you don’t interrupt scholars from learning.

Nut Policy:

Our schools are nut-aware but not guaranteed to be nut-free. 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 we expect our families to adhere to our nutritional standards. Any candy, soda, and other junk food, like potato chips, that scholars bring to school will be confiscated and thrown away.

Health Policies

Keeping Your Sick Scholar at Home:

If your child has a fever of 99.4°F or higher, a contagious illness like the flu, or any of the symptoms or ailments below, please keep them at home and seek a doctor’s care. 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 to school after having a fever.

Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

What is pink eye?

Pink eye (also called conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the eyelid and eye surface. Pink eye is very common. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or allergies and is highly contagious.

How we prevent the spread of pink eye:

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 pink eye. If your scholar takes medication for allergies, please make sure that your child is taking it regularly as allergies can cause pink eye.

If you suspect your scholar has pink eye:

Pink eye typically goes away in seven to ten days without medical treatment, but you should consult with your doctor to confirm the appropriate treatment plan. Keep your child at home until symptoms are gone. Scholars who come to school with symptoms of pink eye will be sent home to prevent it from spreading.

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 them 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 are head lice?

Head 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 are a common problem among school-age children. They are not an indicator of poor hygiene, 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 them 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 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 epa.gov 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 handwashing 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 strep throat/scarlet fever:

Keep your child home and talk to your doctor if he or she has a sore throat with:

  • A fever of 102°F (38.9 °C) or higher
  • Swollen or tender glands in the neck
  • A red rash

Ringworm

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 to 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 handwashing 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 might 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.

Asthma policy

Difficulty breathing is one of the leading causes for emergency services calls at our schools. If your scholar exhibits difficulty breathing, at home or at school, they may have asthma and will need medication to treat the symptoms. Please make sure that your child is receiving the care needed, including the administration of prescribed medication.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that makes it harder to move air in and out of the lungs. It can be serious, even life-threatening. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed so your scholar can live a normal, healthy life.

What to do if your child suffers from asthma:

To diagnose asthma, a doctor must evaluate your child’s symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and prescribe the right next steps. If your child is prescribed an inhaler, please ensure that you have the proper forms on file at school and provide the medication to the school.

If your child needs to take any medication (prescription or over the counter) during the school day or any Success Academy–sponsored trips or activities, make sure you and your doctor have completed the Medication Administration Form (MAF).

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).

Academics

Scholar Performance Reports

Schools issue performance reports throughout the year to inform you about your child’s academic progress. Report cards contain important information, such as overall GPA, academic and elective grades, etc.

Academic Intervention and Sprint

At Success Academy, we begin with the core belief that disability does not mean inability. We are committed to helping every one of our scholars, including those with special needs, tackle challenging academic work and meet sky-high expectations. It is important to remember that, for all students, Success Academy relies on techniques once only associated with special education, from manipulatives to parallel teaching. We believe that all students learn best by doing; that frequent assessments and study of scholars’ work move all students forward. We believe that the best way to support children with special needs is not to offer a separate education but to help them close in on the academic benchmarks we set for all children. So we purposefully expand on our general model for children with learning challenges. We chose the name Sprint because our approach relies on controlled bursts of teaching effort and energy. Scholars attain one short-term goal after another, and over the long term, these add up to great learning outcomes.

If your scholar struggles to learn despite all of the robust general education support we provide, the school’s leadership will meet with you to discuss additional services. As outlined in the Parent Contract, we expect our families to work with us to provide scholars with all the supports they need to be successful, including providing consent for specialized evaluations and Sprint services if required. Success Academy guides families through the Sprint referral and evaluation process, and coordinates Sprint services with the Committee on Special Education. If you have questions about your child’s services, about the Committee on Special Education, or about Sprint in general, please contact your principal, Sprint Specialist, or Sprint Associate. Additionally, please refer to the information provided by the New York State Education Department in this link. If you have questions about accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, please contact your schools Sprint Specialist or Sprint Associate.

State Exams and Regents

The New York State Exams, Regents Exams, and related practice tests and dress rehearsals are mandatory for all scholars. In addition to being part of our curriculum, these exams provide critical information to our families, teachers, administrators, and Network about scholars’ learning. They also help instill important life skills — such as preparation, persistence, and grit — and teach scholars to take pride in their accomplishments. Because the exams are part of our curriculum, they are often factored into decisions about whether scholars are ready to move to the next grade.

Grade 8 scholars take Regents examinations — including Algebra I, United States History and Government, and Living Environment — which help prepare them for the more rigorous coursework in high school, including AP-level courses and the opportunity to earn a number of college credits before graduating from high school. Grade 8 scholars must pass the Algebra I Regents, the United States History and Government Regents, and the Living Environment Regents to advance to the Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts.

Please note that, like the New York State exams, Regents Exams, and related practice tests, all Success Academy internal assessments are mandatory as well.

Tutoring

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, have a conversation with their teacher.

Skips and Holdovers

We are fully committed to meeting every scholar’s academic needs and finding the best fit for them, including supports and appropriate challenges. Sometimes your school’s leadership will recommend moving your scholar forward to another grade (skip) to ensure that they are engaged and challenged by the material, or they may require that your scholar repeat the current grade (holdover) to ensure that they have fully mastered the material. If a grade change is appropriate, your principal and your child’s teacher will have a series of discussions with you. Final holdover decisions are made by your school’s leadership, not the Network Office.

School Culture

ACTION Values and Building Moral Character

In addition to being good readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists, scholars need to be people of high moral character and be self-reflective about their actions. Values start with adults and filter to children: Our entire school community lives by our ACTION Values. At all Success Academy schools, respect for others and proper behavior are taught, modeled, expected, and rewarded. Values and good character are a part of our daily instruction. Our ACTION Values are more than just slogans on a wall — they are central to who we are.

Value/Definition

Examples of how parents/guardians can model ACTION Values

Agency: Take responsibility for one’s own actions.

Address issues proactively and constructively.

Curiosity: Always ask questions.

Take an active part in your child’s education by attending events and monitoring homework.

Try and Try: Always give your best.

Ensure that your child is following our school policies (e.g., in school every day for the whole day, on time, and in uniform).

Integrity: Be honest and trustworthy.

Treat school staff and community members with respect and honesty.

Others: Be a nice and thoughtful member of one’s community.

Participate in school events, field studies, or the Parent Council. Volunteer when you can. Attend advocacy events to support your scholar and help more families get access to high-quality schools.

No Shortcuts: Never look for the easy way out.

Do everything that is necessary to help your child achieve success, no matter how difficult the task.

Respecting Diversity

At Success Academy, we believe that mutual respect is at the heart of our school community. We talk to children about the responsibility we have to ourselves and to one another 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 identity. We do so not just because it’s our legal obligation but because we believe that 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 or thoughts as original work (plagiarism)
  • taking an illicit, unfair advantage on work assigned, including through online resources or unauthorized technology
  • changing answers when correcting work in class
  • falsifying school work in any way

In school, we talk to scholars about cheating, and we increase the frequency of this message as they ascend grades. We explain why it is wrong. We explain what it looks like and what behaviors constitute cheating. We also explain that, like the colleges and universities they will eventually be attending, we have stiff penalties for cheating, and we explain why those penalties are in place. Scholars who cheat may face a three-day suspension. This helps dissuade scholars from cheating and prevent even greater moral misconduct later on in life, when the consequences are likely to be much more serious.

Our families play an essential role in supporting our scholars’ core values. Please help us prevent cheating and other morally wrong behaviors by talking with your children about right and wrong.

Behavior Expectations

Honor Code

Our expectations for scholar behavior increase as scholars mature. In middle school, scholars are expected to use technology responsibly, arrive independently and self-dismiss, and take greater ownership of their academics. Beginning in grade 5, scholars must be prepared to make more decisions and understand the consequences of poor choices. Families and the school are partners in guiding maturing scholars as they navigate these increasing responsibilities and consequences.

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 should hold themselves to high standards and prepare themselves to be outstanding college students, professionals, and citizens. Consistent with these high standards, scholars must also bring forth knowledge of any violations of the Honor Code to the school’s leadership. Scholars engaging in, or choosing not to inform school staff of, behavior that violates our Code of Conduct 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 scholar wearing a Success Academy uniform acts in this manner, it harms the reputation of all our scholars. We want our scholars to be treated with respect and for them to succeed in their future endeavors. It is crucial that our middle school scholars understand that their choices have long-term consequences. Please take dedicated time to discuss this with your scholar.

Code of Conduct

Please keep in mind that this list of infractions and consequences is not exhaustive.

The school’s leaders can supplement the Code of Conduct with additional rules as appropriate. In addition, the consequences for violations of the Code of Conduct are subject to the discretion of the school’s leadership and may be supplemented or adjusted accordingly. A scholar’s prior conduct and their 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, using technology or social media, and on the way to or from school or a school-sponsored activity. Serious misconduct outside of 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 or has created or would create a risk of substantial disruption to the educational process.

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 or 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
  • An inappropriate noise levels in the lunchroom or gym, or during arrival or 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: Possible School Responses, Interventions, and Consequences

  • A verbal or nonverbal warning by school staff
  • Reminders about appropriate behavior and the task at hand
  • Loss of privileges
  • Other in-school disciplinary actions
  • Detention
  • Other consequences or interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Level 2: Infractions

  • Committing repeat Level 1 Infractions
  • 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, whether in person or through the use of the Internet, social media, or other technology, by teasing, name-calling, being rude, mocking, taunting, or engaging in similar behavior
  • Verbally or physically disrespecting faculty, staff, other Success Academy community members, or other adults whether in person or through the use of the Internet, social media, or other technology, by being disrespectful or rude, disobeying instructions, refusing to accept a consequence, or engaging in similar behavior
  • Consistently arriving late to school or class, or violating the school’s attendance policy
  • Disrupting class or educational process in any way at any time (which includes, but is not limited to, making excessive noise in class, failing to participate, refusing to work with partners, etc.)
  • Leaving class, a school-related activity, or school premises without the school's authorization.
  • Posting, viewing, or distributing inappropriate or offensive materials

Level 2: Possible School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • A conversation with the principal or a school administrator
  • Meeting with Success Academy staff, the scholar, and a parent or guardian
  • A 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 or interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Level 3: Infractions

  • Committing repeat Level 2 Infractions
  • Seriously disrespecting a fellow scholar, faculty, staff, or other Success Academy community member, whether in person, in writing, or through the Internet, social media, or other technology, by using profanity, making racial slurs, engaging in sexual harassment, or using any foul or discriminatory language or gestures
  • Exhibiting blatant and repeated disrespect for school policies, community, or culture
  • Violating the Scholar Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy (Appendix B)
  • 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 or engaging in fraudulent collaboration)
  • Tampering with school records, documents, or materials
  • Falsely activating a fire alarm or other disaster alarm
  • Making threats of any kind, whether in person or through the use of the Internet, social media, or any other technology
  • 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 or repeatedly violating the school’s attendance policy

Level 3: Possible School Responses, Interventions, and Consequences

  • A conversation with principal or a school administrator
  • Meeting with Success Academy staff, the scholar, and a parent or guardian
  • A verbal or written apology to the community
  • Nonparticipation 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 or interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Level 4: Infractions

  • Committing repeat Level 3 Infractions
  • Committing an infraction after repeated suspensions 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, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and physical or sexual assault
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in stalking, intimidation, bullying, discrimination, harassment, coercion, or extortion of any member of the Success Academy community
  • Using social media, technology, or any web-based tool to impersonate, create false profiles or personalities, accessing systems without authorization (hack), or engage in similar deceitful behavior on any platform or school-issued or personal device
  • Defaming members of the Success Academy community, scholars, or staff
  • 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 products (including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vaping), or illegal or controlled substances
  • Participating in an incident of group violence
  • Possessing anything that could be considered as a dangerous object
  • Engaging in any criminal or illegal activity

Level 4: Possible School Responses, Interventions, & Consequences

  • Meeting with Success Academy staff, the scholar, and a parent or guardian
  • Nonparticipation 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 or interventions deemed appropriate by the school

Detention

A scholar who violates the Code of Conduct may be given detention for one or more days at the school’s discretion.

Detention must be served the day it is issued, in its entirety. Failure to serve a detention, in whole or in part, may result in a suspension.

Suspensions and Expulsions

Suspensions

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 one-day suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • refusing to respect teachers, staff, a member of the school’s leadership, or NYC DOE based staff

  • intentionally cursing
  • hitting another scholar

Examples that may warrant a three-day suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • repeating conduct that warranted a one-day suspension

  • cheating
  • physical violence toward a teacher
  • theft or vandalism
  • inappropriate use of technology or social media.

Examples that may warrant a five-day suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • repeating conduct that warranted a three-day suspension

  • the physical assault of staff members or school safety agents
  • inappropriate sexual conduct
  • use or possession of drugs or weapons.

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 by a member of the school’s staff via phone, by email, or in person. You will receive a suspension letter within 24 hours of the school’s determination of the length of the suspension. You must make arrangements with the school for alternate instruction for your child during their suspension. Parents are required to meet with the school’s 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.

Expulsions

Scholars who reach ten suspension incidents may be subject to expulsion. Further, any scholar who commits a serious violation of the Code of Conduct may be expelled regardless of the number of suspension incidents.

Examples that may warrant an expulsion include, but are not limited to:

  • physical or sexual assault
  • bullying
  • engaging in criminal or illegal activity
  • use, possessing, or selling weapons, alcohol, or drugs
  • major integrity violations
  • threatening or attempting any behavior that could warrant an expulsion
  • Level 3 and Level 4 infractions.

Violence and Aggression

Success Academy does not tolerate aggressive or violent conduct that puts the safety of our scholars or staff in jeopardy. Violent conduct, such as assault, is illegal and could result in expulsion.

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.

Re-Enrollment Process

Re-Enrollment

Success Academy is committed to the long-term development of our scholars. Our K–12 curriculum is designed to meet the evolving needs of scholars as they progress through Success Academy elementary, middle, and high schools.

Beginning 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 scholars are entitled to re-enroll for the following school year. In the spring and again over the summer, families will submit all necessary scholar information for the upcoming school year. The school may also require an in-person meeting as part of the re-enrollment process.

Failure to complete the re-enrollment process by the deadline, including failure to submit required forms or pay required fees not subject to a hardship exception, may result in your child’s loss of their seat at the school.

Miscellaneous 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, they may pick it up from the Main Office at the end of the school day. Repeat transgression of this policy will result in being 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 when in the school building.

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

Fundraising

Other than your scholar’s uniform and tech fees, you won’t have to worry about 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 is 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. Parents may also collectively give a gift to staff, but the gift must come in the form of a gift card, which may not exceed $150. Our staff cannot accept cash gifts. This ensures that all gifts are appropriate and avoids any appearance of impropriety.

The only exception is that you may make an individual donation to our Network-wide teacher emergency fund, which is used to support the teachers across our Network in times of great need.

Lost and 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 their 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 advisor.

Requests for Transfer to a Different Success Academy School

In general, once a scholar is admitted to a Success Academy school, there is no ability to transfer to a different Success Academy school. In very rare circumstances, however, a scholar may be eligible for a transfer if there is a documented safety concern or the family has a significant hardship (e.g., an extensive commute or relocation to a shelter). Such requests will be considered only if they are in the best interests of the scholar and family, in terms of academics, behavior, and school culture, as determined by the school’s leadership. Requests to transfer due to a significant hardship will be considered only from September 3 through December 21 in the 2019–2020 school year. If you would like to request a transfer, please reach out to your principal.

Scholar 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.

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

Success Academy Charter Schools Scholar 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 harassment, discrimination, and bullying before and when they happen.

Harassment, 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: Hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, or damaging/forcibly taking others’ property

Verbal: Name-calling, put-downs, making threats, teasing, or spreading harmful rumors

Social: Deliberately harming another scholar’s friendships or relationships

Cyber: Sending text messages or emails, or posting messages or pictures on social media 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, the school’s Dignity Act Coordinator, a leader, or another adult (including a parent or guardian) right away if you believe you are being harassed, discriminated against, or bullied, or if you believe someone else is. The school’s principal will make sure the school investigates and puts a stop to any harassment, discrimination, and bullying. Parents and 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, or other consequence) 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.

Reporting to New York State Office of Children and Family Services

If you suspect a scholar is being abused or neglected at home, you may make a report to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps or by phone at 800-342-3720.

Appendix B

Success Academy Charter Schools Scholar Technology, Internet Safety, and Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

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

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

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 or interfere with others’ rights. This policy is meant to be representative and does NOT cover every single situation.

Be Safe

  • Never share your log-in 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 cyberbullying, 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, 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 to a teacher immediately.

Keeping Our School 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
  • use filtering software, to the extent practical, that blocks inappropriate content or websites deemed to be obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors

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

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