Without Building Access, and Facing Uncertain Operating Conditions, Success Academy Pivots to Remote School Launch
July 21, 2020
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 21, 2020**
New York, NY — Today, Success Academy informed parents that it will launch school remotely on August 4 for seniors and August 24 for all 20,000 students. SA had planned to open school on campus, in a hybrid model, but last week, City Hall and the Department of Education informed the network that it could not have building access until mid-September at the earliest.
“We are disappointed. We miss the kids so much, and we know parents need some relief to be able to work,” said Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz. “But our students simply cannot pay the price of delay. There are already gross educational inequities. We were founded to counter them and so we will launch remotely.”
SA announced in late Spring that it would re-open on time with a hybrid model that included some time on campus for all students, pending government approval, favorable public health metrics, and being able to access buildings.
ABOUT SUCCESS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOLS
Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. With 47 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 20,000 students, primarily children of color from low-income households in disadvantaged neighborhoods: 74% receive free or reduced-price lunch, 94% are students of color, 16% have disabilities, and 8% are English language learners. In 2020, 100% of our third and largest ever class of 99 graduating seniors were accepted to college, with 22% accepted to highly selective and 47% to selective institutions, with robust financial aid packages; 82% of the class will be the first in their families to attend college.
For more information about Success Academy, go to successacademies.org.