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More than 4,000 Success Academy Scholars Rally to “Slam the Exam”

April 1, 2016

Contact: Dan Bank, (212) 681-1380

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The high-performing charter network celebrates student growth and achievement in advance of state English and math tests  

New York, NY — Well over 4,000 Success Academy scholars came together today in two lively and spirited pep rallies at the City University of New York’s Nat Holman Gymnasium in Harlem as they prepare to “Slam the Exam” – next week’s state English language arts exam and the math exam the week following.

“Today is about honoring you and everything you have achieved this academic year,” said Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy, addressing the two groups of students. “You are ready for these tests because you have worked hard all year, and you deserve the chance to show what you’ve learned.”

The two “Slam the Exam” recognized the network’s top performing students in ELA and math, as well the scholars who showed the most growth in those subjects. Winners were awarded trophies and tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure. Each rally featured individual school cheers by students from 18 elementary schools in the morning and nine middle schools in the afternoon. During her keynote remarks, Moskowitz recognized the passion for learning that consistently places Success Academy scholars in the top 1% in math and the top 3% in English among all schools in New York State. This is the eighth year Success Academy has participated in the state exams since opening in 2006, and students — primarily low-income children of color, who are admitted by random lottery — have consistently outperformed their peers from more affluent neighborhoods.

A gallery of photos from today’s rallies are here. The Periscope video of the event can be found at @SuccessCharters for the next twenty-four hours.



Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public pre-K through 12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. With 34 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 11,000 students, primarily low-income children of color in disadvantaged neighborhoods: 74% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch, 95% are children of color, 13% are children with disabilities, and 8.5% are English language learners. Ranked in the top 1% in math and the top 3% in English on 2015 state proficiency tests, Success Academy schools received more than 22,000 applications for fewer than 2,300 open seats last year. Two Success Academy schools, Success Academy Harlem 1 and Harlem 3, have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the only Harlem schools in the last 25 years to receive this prestigious award.

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