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    Prospective Parents: If your child will be entering Kindergarten through 4th grade for the 2019-2020 school year, please register below to receive more information regarding your neighborhood Success Academies.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

At Success Academy, we want our scholars to fall in love with learning — and joyful rigor is our formula for achieving off-the-charts engagement. We capture our scholars’ imaginations by introducing them to fascinating subject matter and pressing them to do the intellectual heavy lifting, constantly asking them “why?” “how can you prove that?” and “what is the evidence?” We want our scholars to recognize and embrace the power of their own ideas, so teachers limit direct instruction and focus on encouraging independent thinking and problem solving in their classrooms. Our scholars spend most of their day exploring, analyzing, discussing, and executing their way through powerful texts, complex math problems, intriguing science experiments, winning chess strategies, and inspiring works of art.

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    Each day, scholars are welcomed at the door with a handshake and warm “hello” from the school leader. At Success Academy, scholars are enveloped in a close-knit community where they are known by every adult in the building.

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    Imaginations ignite with guided reading, and scholars become compelling authors during writing workshops.

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    Scholars build a world of possibilities. In a daily hour-long period for choice time or blocks, kindergartners stretch their imaginations and grow socially as they engage in creative play and collaborative problem solving.

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    Curious scholars develop a passion for STEM as they explore sophisticated science, technology, and engineering concepts in hands-on experiments five days a week. Each investigation brings the joy of a new discovery.

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    Children need fuel to learn. Our scholars take a midday break for a FREE meal, enjoying laughter and camaraderie with their peers, and a chance to bond with their teachers outside the classroom.

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    Our scholars enjoy recess every day — we don’t believe in staying inside, even when it snows! They fall in love with sports in weekly classes, electives, and competitive teams.

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    As independent and critical thinkers, our scholars are encouraged to take different paths to solve complex and intriguing math problems. Scholars learn to compute quickly and accurately, but also develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.

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    Art class fuels our scholars’ individuality, creativity, and passion for vibrant self-expression as they engage in individual and group projects and explore photography, sculpture, collage, painting, ceramics, and more!

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    In chess, scholars sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills. They learn to relish intellectual challenges, compete with confidence, and win and lose with grace – all while having a lot of fun!

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    The day ends on a positive and personal note when parents and teachers shake hands and have a quick check in about scholars’ day before scholars head safely home.

  • SPARKING A PASSION FOR STEM

    Success Academy’s elementary school STEM program is like none other in the country. Our schools feature daily, inquiry-based science; project-based learning on topics in biology, engineering, and climate science; field studies that provide real-world STEM experiences; and a rigorous math program that ranks our schools as number one in the state and gives scholars the opportunity to engage in
    local and international math competitions. Our unique commitment to STEM sparks a passion for the field in our scholars. They emerge with a broad foundation of knowledge and a capacity for critical thinking and problem-solving that will support them in accelerated STEM study in middle school, and the STEM Honors track at Success Academy high schools.
    Success Academy’s elementary school STEM program is like none other in the country. Our schools feature daily, inquiry-based science; project-based learning on topics in biology, engineering, and climate science; field studies that provide real-world STEM experiences; and a rigorous math program that ranks our schools as number one in the state and gives scholars the opportunity to engage in local and international math competitions. Our unique commitment to STEM sparks a passion for the field in our scholars. They emerge with a broad foundation of knowledge and a capacity for critical thinking and problem-solving that will support them in accelerated STEM study in middle school, and the STEM Honors track at Success Academy high schools.
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    Science

    Success Academy scholars have science every day with a dedicated science teacher. Each year they study topics in Life, Physical, and Earth Science, as well as in Engineering and Computer Science. Classes center on an experiment or activity — on any given day, scholars may build a simple machine, conduct a scratch test to identify minerals, or dissect a squid. These activities serve as the foundation for rich discussion and analysis, in which teachers guide scholars to a deeper understanding of the relevant scientific principles.

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    Technology & Engineering

    Too often, the T and E (Technology and Engineering) are missing in STEM programs, but not at Success Academy. Starting in Kindergarten, scholars study engineering and computer science every year, in four-week science units dedicated to each subject. Through inquiry-based projects that range from designing and building an amusement park to programming a “Fuzzball” through a maze, scholars master increasing complex Engineering and Computer Science concepts that spark their interest in these fields and lay the foundation for further study.

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    Math

    Our approach to math gives scholars a powerful conceptual understanding of the “why” behind mathematics, along with computational fluency, so they can confidently and productively apply mathematical knowledge to solve unfamiliar problems. The elementary school sequence builds conceptual mastery of arithmetic, geometry, fractions, measurement, and data analysis, and develops calculation speed and accuracy through short, daily practice of “math facts.”

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    Math Competitions

    Starting in second grade, students show off their computational skills in math bees, with school champions progressing to the network-wide tournament. Beginning in third grade, some scholars participate in Math Olympiad, meeting once a week to tackle complex math problems and test their skills against top math students around the world.

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    Field Trips

    Scholars take their STEM learning beyond the classroom in regular field studies. These include visits to local bridges to study bridge engineering, trips to the Museum of Math, the Hall of Science,and the Natural History Museum; investigations of soil composition and pollution in nearby parks, and spending the day as field ornithologists, observing and analyzing bird behavior.

  • GROWING WORLD-CLASS READERS, WRITERS, AND THINKERS

    Our literacy program centers on the belief that if children love reading and read exceptionally well, they can teach themselves anything! Our curriculum introduces scholars to great literature and emphasizes analyzing the powerful ideas conveyed in texts. Kids read and discuss poetry, biography, fiction, and myths, and write copiously in a range of genres. They become experts on topics like
    Ellis Island and the Iroquois through project-based learning, and explore history in units such as Medieval Times. Field studies at museums and historical sites bring classroom learning to life, further sparking scholars’ engagement. Independent reading is built into the daily schedule and scholars pursue their interests by choosing books from well-stocked and carefully curated classroom libraries.
    Our literacy program centers on the belief that if children love reading and read exceptionally well, they can teach themselves anything! Our curriculum introduces scholars to great literature and emphasizes analyzing the powerful ideas conveyed in texts. Kids read and discuss poetry, biography, fiction, and myths, and write copiously in a range of genres. They become experts on topics like Ellis Island and the Iroquois through project-based learning, and explore history in units such as Medieval Times. Field studies at museums and historical sites bring classroom learning to life, further sparking scholars’ engagement. Independent reading is built into the daily schedule and scholars pursue their interests by choosing books from well-stocked and carefully curated classroom libraries.
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    Reading

    Our reading program develops scholars into passionate, highly skilled readers who approach each text with the desire and ability to uncover its deepest meaning. Our immersive curriculum includes phonics, small-group guided reading, and read alouds, when the whole class reads and analyze texts selected for the quality of their writing and the resonance of their ideas. Scholars are exposed to great works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction and participate in lively discussions that unpack meaning through examination of character, craft, and structure.

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    Writing

    We set scholars up to be skilled writers who convey their ideas with clarity and purpose. We provide plentiful opportunities for practice and revision and focus our feedback on the quality of their ideas. Our scholars write every day, learning to craft a powerful and expressive sentence, and working on assignments that range from book reviews to op-eds to short stories. Scholars also master the technical aspects of writing, becoming adept spellers through nightly practice (and old-fashioned spelling bees!), and learning the rules of grammar through short, weekly lessons.

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    Project Based Learning

    In two PBL units each year, scholars learn the thrill of becoming experts in a subject. They explore topics in depth over six weeks — through reading, writing, art, science, and field studies — and work collaboratively to build expertise and apply their knowledge in creative projects. At the close of each unit, families visit classrooms to view PBL museums and performances showcasing scholars’ newly gained expertise.

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    Core Knowledge

    Children need background knowledge to understand and learn from what they read. For example, if a student does not know about the existence of European kings and queens, it is difficult to comprehend texts about the American Revolution. We build knowledge primarily through purposeful text selection in our reading program, but also through units in which scholars delve into topics like the Middle Ages, Pilgrims, and Inventions.

  • DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD

    A great education includes ample opportunities for scholars to explore, have fun, and pursue passions beyond academics. We make sure scholars have plenty of time to play — with an outdoor recess period, daily choice time and blocks for Kindergartners, ballroom dancing for fourth graders and Gamesday for the whole school each Wednesday!
    Our schools also offer a robust selection of specials, including art, chess, sports, and — depending on the school — dance, music, or theater. Scholars have one 45-minute special per day. In grades K-2, they rotate through all specials; in grades 3-4, they select two specials to study all year long. Starting in third grade, scholars can participate in after-school clubs and teams.
    A great education includes ample opportunities for scholars to explore, have fun, and pursue passions beyond academics. We make sure scholars have plenty of time to play — with an outdoor recess period, daily choice time and blocks for Kindergartners, ballroom dancing for fourth graders and Gamesday for the whole school each Wednesday! Our schools also offer a robust selection of specials, including art, chess, sports, and — depending on the school — dance, music, or theater. Scholars have one 45-minute special per day. In grades K-2, they rotate through all specials; in grades 3-4, they select two specials to study all year long. Starting in third grade, scholars can participate in after-school clubs and teams.
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    Choice Time & Blocks

    Kindergarteners participate in choice time or blocks for one hour each day. During choice time, scholars choose among stations for dramatic play, painting, legos, and other activities. In blocks, scholars work with their peers to create increasingly complex structures. This daily play period develops our kindergartners’ cognitive, social-emotional, and motor skills, and gives them plentiful opportunities to engage in collaborative problem-solving.

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    Chess

    Our Chess program provides engaging, hands-on instruction that sharpens scholars’ analytical instincts and strategic thinking. After learning the basic moves and rules of the game, scholars develop the strategies needed to checkmate their opponent and the mindset to compete with confidence. Starting in third grade, some scholars join the competitive chess team and have the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national tournaments.

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    Sports

    We introduce scholars to a variety of sports — such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball — so they can find one they truly enjoy. Sports classes focus on skill development, as well as teamwork and learning the rules of the game. Each class concludes with a fun and competitive mini-match. Starting in third grade, scholars can try out for competitive sports teams that meet before or after school and on weekends.

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    Visual Arts

    In Visual Arts, scholars explore and engage with their own ideas and the world around them. Working with materials that include clay, collage, photography, painting, and printmaking, scholars gain technical skills and the ability to express themselves visually. Scholars are also exposed to famous works of artists past and present, which provides them with points of connection and an understanding that they are part of a global artistic tradition.

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    Performing Arts

    In Performing Arts, scholars study music, dance, or theater and explore a variety of genres and styles. Scholars develop technical and creative facility as they tell the stories of their imaginations, their lives, and their communities, and they showcase their learning in bi-annual performances. Starting in third grade, scholars can try out for the network-wide Success Academy Youth Chorus.

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    Gamesday

    Every Wednesday scholars drop everything to play board games, and in the process, grow as strategic thinkers and social learners. Playing board games strengthens scholars’ problem-solving abilities and develops their social and communication skills as they learn to work well with others by taking turns, making decisions, and winning or losing with grace.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent Involvement

We Promise To:

  • Surround scholars with a community of leaders, teachers and parents who share a vision of academic achievement.
  • Include you in family academic events and field trips so you can see the incredible growth and development of your child.
  • Encourage a real-time, two-way communication policy that includes:
    • Frequent updates about your child’s progress and what the school is doing to help your child flourish and grow.
    • The cell phone number and email address of every teacher and leader in the building so you can contact us.
    • A communication policy that guarantees any questions are answered within 24 hours.
    • Maintaining an open-door policy, which allows you to visit and observe your child’s class.

We Expect You To:

  • Be actively involved in your child’s learning, including reading a book a night with your child.
  • Make sure all homework is completed every night.
  • Bring your scholar to school in uniform on time daily.
  • Celebrate your scholar’s success at family meetings and academic events.
  • Model the Success Academy ACTION values at home.
  • Be an active member of the school community – we have many opportunities to get involved:
    • Parent Council
    • Class Parents
    • Field Study Chaperones
    • In-Class (Chess/Sports/Specials) Chaperones
    • Advocacy
    • Community Outreach

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Success Academy has a strong commitment to serving children with disabilities, and our schools have an exceptional track record of helping children with special needs achieve at a high level.

 

At the heart of our approach to special education is the belief that a disability is not an inability; we hold all scholars to the same high bar and ensure that those with special needs receive the additional support necessary to reach it.

Related Services:

  • All of our schools have school psychologists who conduct educational evaluations and provide counseling to scholars who need it.
  • We also work with the New York City Department of Education to ensure speech, occupational, and physical therapists are available for our scholars with Related Service needs.

Special Education Programming:

  • Currently, our special education programming varies by grade and across schools, so it is best to reach out to our Enrollment team if you have questions.
  • Typically, our schools provide a combination of Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) and/or Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT).
  • Where space is available, we aim to provide special education classrooms with reduced student/teacher ratios (12:1).

Academic Achievements

On the 2018 state exams, 90% of our students with disabilities passed math and 74% passed English, compared with 15% and 16% citywide. Read more about our results.

The vast majority of kids (98%) can be served in our setting with these dedicated structures and resources. Just like with district schools, we occasionally find even this high level of service is insufficient for some students; like zoned district schools, we find for approximately 1-2% of our students who have unique learning needs, we must draw upon special schools (in New York City called District 75 or Non-Public School placements).

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  • Stay in Touch!


    Prospective Parents: If your child will be entering Kindergarten through 4th grade for the 2018-19 school year, please register below to receive more information regarding your neighborhood Success Academies.

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    Prospective Parents: Register below to be notified when the application for the 2017-18 school year becomes available and to receive more information about Success Academy Charter Schools.