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Our Approach:
Middle School

Success Academy’s challenging, knowledge-rich, and immersive program sets middle schoolers up for success in both high school and college. Our rigorous middle school curriculum encourages our scholars to think critically, develop and debate ideas, and support ideas with evidence. Our classes are hands on and collaborative; we strive for mastery and believe that inquiry-based learning best enables expertise. Our math, history, and science sequences culminate in the New York State Regents exams in Algebra I, U.S. History, and Living Environment, allowing scholars to enroll directly in more advanced courses once they enter high school. Our middle schools also offer a variety of enriching electives that serve as critical outlets for creativity and self-expression, and foster self-awareness, confidence, and independence. 

Explore our revolutionary middle school design.

Our Virtual School provides a deep dive into our educational philosophy, instructional approach, and core values.

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    Scholars participating in clubs or competitive teams report early for Zero Period. Scholars might also use this early morning period for study hall or academic intervention. Everyone else arrives by 9:00am.

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    Independent reading time is a core element of our approach to middle school literacy. This peaceful period gives scholars a daily opportunity to relax with their favorite book and fosters a lifelong enjoyment of literature.

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    Each day, scholars have a STEM block consisting of back-to-back, 75-minute sessions of science and math. The extended period gives scholars time to conduct and analyze sophisticated lab experiments, and delve into complex, multi-step math problems.

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    We think recess is important and never compromise on this free time. Scholars relax and chat in the cafeteria and then enjoy playing, socializing — or teasing their teachers! — out in the fresh air.

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    Drama, dance, chorus, painting and drawing, chess, speech and debate, journalism, robotics, Math Olympiad, entrepreneurship — these are some of the electives scholars may choose from for their morning and afternoon elective periods.

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    Each day, scholars have a block of back-to-back 50-minute sessions of either literature or writing, followed by history. Scholars engage in lively discussions of big ideas, and tackle a range of genres in writing.

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    Our afternoon advisory wraps up the day, and then classes are dismissed. Many scholars stay for after-school activities, including play rehearsals, extra studying, and various club meetings.

  • Building the foundation for advanced STEM study

    Our STEM program instills in all scholars the ability to follow lines of insightful inquiry when faced with unfamiliar and challenging problems. Scholars will need these essential skills in high school, college, and their careers, which is why we have dedicated science and
    math teachers who can teach specialized STEM subjects at high levels. Through engaging STEM electives, multiple field studies throughout the year, and hands-on projects, scholars encounter a comprehensive STEM education that is far and beyond typical middle school learning.
    Our STEM program instills in all scholars the ability to follow lines of insightful inquiry when faced with unfamiliar and challenging problems. Scholars will need these essential skills in high school, college, and their careers, which is why we have dedicated science and math teachers who can teach specialized STEM subjects at high levels. Through engaging STEM electives, multiple field studies throughout the year, and hands-on projects, scholars encounter a comprehensive STEM education that is far and beyond typical middle school learning.
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    Science Symposium

    The annual Science Symposium is Success Academy’s take on the traditional science fair. A month-long research extravaganza, the Science Symposium gives scholars the opportunity to pursue their scientific and engineering interests and expand their knowledge of the scientific process. Scholars share their inventions, engineering feats, and research findings at a culminating expo event.

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    Exploratorium

    The annual Science Exploratorium is Success Academy’s take on the traditional science fair. A month-long research extravaganza, science exploratorium gives scholars the opportunity to pursue their scientific and engineering interests and expand their knowledge of the scientific process. Scholars share their inventions, engineering feats, and research findings at a culminating expo event.

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    Math

    Our approach to middle school math solidifies scholars’ computational speed and accuracy while challenging them to reach deep conceptual mastery. Scholars hone their reasoning powers and calculation skills by actively tackling unfamiliar, contextualized problems that require logic, strategy, and application of prior knowledge to solve. By 8th grade, scholars are ready for Algebra I.

  • Exploring big ideas in literature and history

    In their English Language Arts and History classes, scholars develop as critical thinkers while building a key body of knowledge. We encourage thoughtful discussions around big ideas while scholars focus on mastering essential writing skills and the ability to analyze a variety of texts. Our literacy instruction drives engagement with meaningful texts — across all subjects — and our
    history classes lead scholars in investigations of the most pivotal ideas, events, and cultural interactions that transformed our world. It’s critical that scholars learn to express rich ideas clearly and powerfully, regardless of subject, which is why our writing curriculum challenges them to stretch their composition skills by crafting captivating pieces across a variety of genres and styles.
    In their English Language Arts and History classes, scholars develop as critical thinkers while building a key body of knowledge. We encourage thoughtful discussions around big ideas while scholars focus on mastering essential writing skills and the ability to analyze a variety of texts. Our literacy instruction drives engagement with meaningful texts — across all subjects — and our history classes lead scholars in investigations of the most pivotal ideas, events, and cultural interactions that transformed our world. It’s critical that scholars learn to express rich ideas clearly and powerfully, regardless of subject, which is why our writing curriculum challenges them to stretch their composition skills by crafting captivating pieces across a variety of genres and styles.
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    Literature

    Our literature curriculum is, above all, about teaching students to uncover, analyze, and write about the powerful ideas in the texts they read. The curriculum centers on great works of literature and nonfiction, and is supplemented by connected texts in a range of genres — including poetry, first-person historical accounts, and articles — that illuminate essential background knowledge and critical themes. Scholars fall in love with the books they study, and find their analytical voice as they learn to formulate and effectively defend their own textual interpretations.

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    Writing

    In dedicated writing classes throughout the year, scholars write for a wide variety of purposes, drawing on different genres and literary techniques. Scholars learn to use details and evidence to make their point, while upholding high standards of organization and grammar. We emphasize writing mastery in middle school because scholars will need excellent writing skills throughout their academic careers; good writing supports success across subjects.

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    History

    Through the history sequence, scholars build a foundation of knowledge, draw connections between the past and present, and develop an understanding of historical change and continuity. Our curriculum focuses on the events, ideas, and artistic movements that shaped our world — while also providing a broad base of knowledge. By high school, scholars tackle college-level material that prepares them to excel in AP History. Middle school scholars focus in-depth on world history for three years in grades 5-7. In eighth grade, scholars explore contemporary issues, media literacy, civics, and economics.

  • Pursuing passions and building character

    We’re committed to educating the whole child and our middle schools have strong advisory and elective programs that allow scholars to blossom into centered, engaged young adults with a clear understanding of their strengths, passions, and areas for growth. Advisory focuses on helping scholars manage daily frustrations,
    master key nonacademic skills, and develop character strengths in the context of a trusted and intimate community. With the ability to choose from a substantial range of electives, scholars can explore and discover their interests and find new reserves of motivation, self-discipline, and joy as they seriously pursue passions such as chess, debate, soccer, or dance.
    We’re committed to educating the whole child and our middle schools have strong advisory and elective programs that allow scholars to blossom into centered, engaged young adults with a clear understanding of their strengths, passions, and areas for growth. Advisory focuses on helping scholars manage daily frustrations, master key nonacademic skills, and develop character strengths in the context of a trusted and intimate community. With the ability to choose from a substantial range of electives, scholars can explore and discover their interests and find new reserves of motivation, self-discipline, and joy as they seriously pursue passions such as chess, debate, soccer, or dance.
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    Electives

    In middle school, scholars begin to take charge of their own learning. Our electives program is designed to give scholars more choice about which interests and talents to pursue. Our electives are as rigorous and engaging as any of our STEM and Humanities classes; we don’t consider them to be extra but rather a vital part of the curriculum. Electives vary by school, but can include drama, dance, chorus, painting and drawing, chess, speech and debate, journalism, robotics, Math Olympiad, or entrepreneurship.

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    Advisory

    We are committed to preparing our scholars for college, careers, and citizenship, and to do this, our schools must support their moral and pragmatic development. The advisory program provides a daily period when scholars meet with an advisor and a group of peers to self-reflect and discuss salient issues. Scholars develop close relationships with their advisors, who help them navigate challenges in and out of school and hone skills like time management. We want our scholars to make great choices and become self-advocates — all while receiving an outstanding education.

Dive into our middle school curriculum guide
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PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent Involvement

We Promise To:

  • Instill in scholars not just the curiosity and work ethic required to enrich their minds, but the independence and agency needed to succeed in college and beyond.
  • Ensure a balanced community, one that matches the ambitious goals of our curriculum with a small-school feel.
  • Provide a culture of high standards and personal responsibility that complements the deep, rigorous learning present in our classrooms.
  • Never compromise our mission to deliver an education that endures. Our philosophy isn’t about the short-term or the easy way — it’s about the difficult and necessary steps to achieving daily mastery and self-motivated inquiry.

We Expect Parents And Guardians To:

  • Encourage the hard work, discipline, and focus young people need to fully reap the rewards of their education.
  • Engage with the community. Strong school culture is a touchstone of our program, and parent involvement is critical in making co-curricular and community service events exceed expectations.
  • Support scholars’ interests and ambitions. We equip scholars with the tools to realize their own goals, not just the ones dictated by our curriculum.
  • Understand the process. The Success Academy program emphasizes how to learn as much as the learning itself, and therefore stresses mindset and attitude as much as preparation and practice. We want our scholars to see education as not a chore but a responsibility.

Reopening Plans: We’re excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year on campus! Learn more here.

  • 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.

  • Register


    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.

Reopening Plans: We’re excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year on campus! Learn more here.