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 think, “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 he or she leaves to ensure he or she is acting appropriately in and outside of school. It is your responsibility as a parent to monitor his or her actions on social media and as he or she travels. 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 culture 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 11, 2018.)

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 and 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 he/she is dismissed from school. I will reinforce that he/she is accountable for his/her actions even outside of school.
  • I will regularly and carefully read any and all information sent by Success Academy, including all emails 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 work with Success Academy to provide my scholar with all of the supports he or she needs to be successful, including, if required, giving my consent for specialized evaluations and special education services.
  • 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.

Parent Investment

Your scholar simply cannot achieve his or her 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 you make homework completion 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. By middle school, homework becomes an essential part of learning by doing and impacts scholars’ GPA. Homework assignments count for 15% 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 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 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, 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.

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 site. Please make sure 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 you keep the information in your Scholar Profile up-to-date at all times. The following form was 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. 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 special 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).

Scholar Hard Copy Forms

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

Immunization Records

Whenever additional immunizations are received, take an updated copy of your child’s immunization records to the Main Office. If your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, your child cannot attend school.

Medication Administration Form (MAF)

If your child needs to take any prescription or over-the-counter medication during the school day — including for 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 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. 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.

Acceptable Documents (must show the resident’s name and address)

Unacceptable Documents

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

Physical Form (Health Examination Form)

We recommend that your child receive a new physical exam each year, but we require updated physicals in grade 7. In grade 7, you are required to provide the school with a copy of the physical form with your child’s doctor’s name and license number. If you do not provide an updated physical form, your child may not attend school.

Communication

As a Success Academy parent or guardian, we ask that you:

  • keep your contact information up-to-date;
  • return any of our calls or emails, including from your scholar’s advisor, within 24 hours;
  • read the weekly ACTION Update e-newsletter to stay aware of announcements and school events;
  • don’t hesitate to reach out to the Main Office, your child’s teachers, or the school’s leadership team at any time if you have any questions or concerns (we will return your call within 24 hours).

Throughout the year, we will call, email, text, and meet with you about your child’s academic and behavioral growth and achievements. If you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered by the school, 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 complaint policy, which is available upon request in the Main Office.

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. By middle school, homework becomes critical 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. By middle school, scholars need to not only read often but also write on a regular basis. By writing on a variety of topics and in various styles, scholars strengthen their skills and also find their own voice. Homework is preparation for more rigorous high school coursework. Also in middle school, homework completion becomes 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 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 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

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, your child is likely to fall behind academically and socially. In middle school, absences also affect his or her GPA. 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.  

Parents/Guardians

Parent/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 his/her first and last name on the tag of all school uniform items.

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 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, No Designs/Logos (Mary Jane style is acceptable) OR FlynnO’Hara Black Canvas Slip-On Sneakers
  • Lycra Shorts
  • Navy Opaque Knee-High or Ankle Socks, Tights

Optional Items — Must be Purchased from FlynnO’Hara:

  • NEW for SY18-19! 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

*NEW for SY18-19! Shoes and Socks Requirements for Shorts — Must be Purchased from FlynnO’Hara or on Your Own:

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

Middle School Boys

FlynnO’Hara Required 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, No Designs/Logos (velcro closure or slip-on loafers are acceptable) OR FlynnO’Hara Black Canvas Slip-On Sneakers
  • Navy Crew Socks

Optional Items — Must be Purchased from FlynnO’Hara:

  • NEW for SY18-19! Blue Twill Walking Shorts* (see additional footwear requirements below)
  • Striped Web Belt (same as ES)
  • Plaid Bow Tie
  • Blue V-Neck Sweater
  • Blue Full-Zip Jacket
  • L.L.Bean Lunch Box

*NEW for SY18-19! Shoes and Socks Requirements for Shorts — Must be Purchased from FlynnO’Hara or on Your Own:

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

Hygiene Packs

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

Scholar Technology/Chromebooks

All middle school families must pay an annual $75 technology fee. This fee offsets the cost to provide your scholar with complete access to a personal laptop computer and a variety of school-based technology. Families experiencing 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.
  • 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 the reading gets done every day and that all homework is completed.

Volunteers who will have direct and substantial unsupervised contact with scholars will be required to undergo a background check and be approved by school 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 families that 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, that we can have the facilities to open more schools, and that we operate our schools with the freedom to innovate in teaching and learning. As a parent/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 bigger leadership role and run for the Parent Council Executive Committee (PCEC). Working closely with school leadership, this committee leads several school-wide projects and encourages participation in all parent and school activities. PCEC members must also model and uphold Success Academy’s values and strong school culture, and act as role models for parent engagement with the community, school staff, and school leadership. All PCEC members must undergo a background check to hold a position. Please contact your school’s Main Office to obtain information about meetings and election dates.

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 to 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 scholars’ 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. If you have a concern about your scholar’s school or teacher, please communicate directly by phone or schedule an in-person meeting, rather than posting on social media. 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.

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. You can view the middle school academic calendar here:

2018–2019 Middle School Academic Calendar

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.
  • The last day of the school year will be later for grade 8 scholars than for grades 5-7 scholars to allow them to take the New York State Algebra 1 Regents Exam in mid-June.

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 his or her child at the end of the day, he or she may do so, but the school will not organize dismissal outside. Scholars cannot travel in a van without their parent/guardian present.

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 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:

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

Wednesday:

  • Doors Open*: 8:45 a.m.
  • Arrival: 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 wanting to participate 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 the most competitive middle school offerings and are selected through tryouts, auditions, portfolio submissions, or applications.

Offerings vary by school and may include advanced art studio, basketball (winter only), chess team, chorus, cross-country (fall only), dance team, debate team, drama club, soccer (spring only), step team, and volleyball (fall only).

Scholars have the opportunity to express interest in joining a Zero Period club or team at the beginning of every trimester. No activity fee is required for participation in Zero Period clubs or teams.

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 robocalls. 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.

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 2018–2019, specialized chess programs will be offered at SA Bronx 1 MS, SA Bed-Stuy MS, SA Myrtle MS, SA Harlem East MS, 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 top 20 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 2018–2019, an academy-style soccer program will be offered at SA Harlem North Central and SA Bed-Stuy MS to approximately 30 scholars. Invitations to participate were based on skill demonstrated in the SA Elementary Soccer Program. This 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, as well as participate in external league play and tournaments.

In 2018–2019, 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 participate in an audition to ensure placement in the appropriate class level.

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 your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather so that he or she can fully enjoy recess.

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 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, and/or their performance in class. Families are notified about their scholar’s selection to a club typically by early September.

Success Academy after-school 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

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 scholar 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 your child 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 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 7 to 10 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 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 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 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 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.

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 in order to inform you about your child’s academic and character progress. Report cards contain important information such as overall GPA, grades, absences, tardies, etc.

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 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, if required, providing consent for specialized evaluations and special education services. 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 education manager or principal. Additionally, please refer to the information provided by the DOE in this linkIf you have questions about accommodations under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, please contact your school’s education manager, who is the school’s Section 504 Coordinator.

State Exams and Regents

The New York State Exams, Regents Exams, and related practice tests/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 scholar learning. They also help instill important life skills — such as preparation, persistence, and grit — and teach scholars to take pride in their accomplishments. Finally, 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 and United States History and Government — which help prepare them for more rigorous coursework in high school, including AP-level courses and the opportunity to earn a number of college credits before even graduating high school. Beginning SY18-19, grade 8 scholars must pass the Algebra I Regents and the United States History and Government Regents in order to graduate to Success Academy High Schools of the Liberal Arts.

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, your child’s teacher will provide it during school.

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 her or she is engaged and challenged by the material, or require that your scholar repeat the current grade (holdover) to ensure he or she has fully mastered the material. If a grade change is appropriate, your principal and teacher will have a series of discussions with you. Final holdover decisions are made by your school’s leadership.

School Culture

ACTION Values and Building Moral Character

In addition to teaching scholars to be good readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists, we believe they 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, 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 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 identity. 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;
  • changing answers when correcting work in class; or
  • falsifying school work in any way.

In school, we talk to scholars about cheating, and we increase the frequency of this message as kids 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 not only to dissuade scholars from cheating but also to 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 avoid 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 they mature. In middle school, scholars are expected to use technology responsibly, to arrive independently and self-dismiss, and to 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. The family 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 to school leadership. Scholars engaging in or having knowledge of immoral, dangerous, illegal, or 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 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 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, using technology/social media, 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: Possible 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 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/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 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: Possible 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 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 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/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 and/or repeatedly violating the school’s attendance policy

Level 3: Possible 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 repeat Level 3 Infractions
  • 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, 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/personalities, accessing systems without authorization (i.e., “hacking”), or engaging 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 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

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, or leadership or DOE–based staff,
  • intentionally cursing, or
  • hitting another scholar.

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

  • repeat of conduct that warranted 1-day suspension,
  • cheating,
  • physical violence toward a teacher,
  • theft or vandalism, or
  • inappropriate use of technology or social media.

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

  • repeat of conduct that warranted 3-day suspension,
  • physical assault of staff members or school safety agents,
  • inappropriate sexual conduct, or
  • 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 staff via phone, email, or in person. You will receive a suspension letter within 24 hours. You must make arrangements with the school for 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.

Expulsions

Scholars who reach 10 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, possession, or sale of 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, have different religious beliefs and/or 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

Re-Enrollment

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. Re-enrollment is also the time to update and collect 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 hardship exception, may result in your child’s loss of his or her seat at the school.

High School Placement

Success Academy has two high schools: Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts–Bronx and Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts–Manhattan. High School Placement allows rising grade 9 scholars to fill out an online preference form, ranking the high schools in order of preference. Scholars will be matched to a high school based on their choices and the number of seats available at each school. Priority is given to:

  • scholars with older siblings who are currently enrolled in the selected high school; and
  • scholars who live closest to the school

Assuming successful completion of the re-enrollment process, every scholar is guaranteed a seat in a Success Academy high school, though not all families will receive their top choice(s).

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, he or she 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, the scholar must first obtain permission from a teacher or administrator and use the school telephone in the Main Office.

Eligibility Requirements for Club Travel and Tournaments

All scholars must meet certain Eligibility Requirements to participate in an overnight trip/tournament:

  • Academic Performance: 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Culture Performance: 95% homework/Reading Log completion, fewer than 5 unexcused absences and/or tardies, zero suspensions.

For additional details, please see the Clubs Handbooks.

Fundraising

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 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.

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.

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 9/3 through 12/21 in the 2018–2019 school 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.

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.

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; and
  • 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 (Internet): Sending text messages, 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/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/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 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 NYS 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 NYS Office of Children and Family Services, at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps or by phone, 1-800-342-3720.

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 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.

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 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, 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 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; and
  • To the extent practical, use filtering software that blocks inappropriate content and/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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