Proposed New Schools
Success Academy Charter Schools – NYC (SA) is applying to the Trustees of the State University of New York to open free high quality public charter schools in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island (“New Success Academies”).
We foster a love of learning while creating opportunities for children to become critical and creative thinkers, build life skills and confidence, pursue passions, and secure exceptional careers. Our dual mission is to build world-class K-12 public schools in NYC while advocating to change policies that prevent children from accessing excellent educational experiences.
The schools will serve low-income and/or mixed-income students residing within the Community School District (CSD) of location, including English Language Learners and students with special education needs. We aim to educate all students at the same high level, irrespective of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and/or other status. We deeply believe that economically and racially integrated school settings provide important benefits to both students and the community. Students from low-income families benefit academically from attending mixed-income schools, and the establishment of high-quality mixed-income schools raises the bar generally for lagging middle-class schools. It is a core principle at Success Academy that every child should have access to a high quality public school option. Find your CSD here.
Grades and Enrollment
If approved, the New Success Academies would open by or around August 2026 with Kindergarten and 1st grade, and add one grade each year until they serve Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 12th grade. The planned total enrollment in the school’s fifth year of operation is 540-600 students.
As the highest performing free public charter school network in New York City, we pride ourselves on creating an environment where kids can stretch and grow, be challenged and excel, and discover natural talents and develop resilience, all while building meaningful relationships with faculty and peers.
We nurture kids’ natural curiosity to help them become excited about learning. Teachers limit direct instruction, instead fostering students’ independent thinking and problem solving. Students explore texts, math problems, science experiments, chess strategies, and works of art.
We collaborate with social-emotional learning specialists and school psychologists to cater to the whole child, creating empowering educational experiences that nurture children’s character and self-belief while growing their knowledge and academic abilities.
We take advantage of living in the greatest city in the world! Through field studies, students experience the city as their classroom and connect classroom learning to the real world. These trips broaden knowledge, understanding, and thinking across disciplines.
Our diverse teaching staff receives weekly training (equivalent to 13 weeks a year), coaching, and mentorship. School leaders focus on the quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that students get what they need and that classrooms are engaging and welcoming.
Once admitted to Success Academy, students say goodbye to applications until they graduate from high school. Our continually evolving K-12 curriculum prepares students to graduate from four-year colleges or universities. To date, 100% of graduating seniors have gained admission to college, including at top schools.
In support of its application, Success Academy is seeking community input in the following districts and boroughs:
- Bronx – CSDs 10, 11
- Queens – CSDs 24, 25, 26, 28
- Staten Island – CSD 31
Planned Information Session – Open to the Public!
We are hosting an information session in Staten Island for public comments! The session will take place on Thursday, November 30th at 2940 Richmond Terrace, 2, Staten Island, NY, 10303 at 5:00 p.m.
We are hosting an information session in Rosedale for public comments! The session will take place on Friday, December 8th at 147-65 249th Street, Rosedale, NY, 11422 at 5:00 p.m.
We welcome your comments. Please email [email protected] or use the form below to submit your comments and be sure to include the CSD, if any, to which your comment refers. To leave a voicemail with your comments, please call (646) 547-1686, and be sure to specify the school your message concerns. We want to serve your great community, and we will endeavor to incorporate the community’s input as we embark on this exciting mission. We look forward to working with you and becoming an integral part of your community.