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Success Academy to Open Seven New Schools

Contact: Dan Bank, (212) 681-1380

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High-performing charter school network will grow to 41 schools, with an addition of 750 new seats for children in kindergarten and first grade

New York, NY — Success Academy will open five new elementary schools and two middle schools for the 2016-17 academic year. The new elementary schools will offer a total of 750 seats for children in kindergarten and first grade starting next August. Like all SA schools, the five new Success Academies will admit scholars by random lottery.

Success Academy’s model of joyful rigor — from arts, sports, and chess to science every day — is extraordinarily popular with parents who want deeply engaging schools of the highest quality for their kids. This year, the network received more than 20,000 applications for fewer than 2,300 available seats. The Success approach has also proven extremely effective. While fewer than 1 in 4 children across the districts where Success will open new schools next year is on grade level in reading and math, the network’s children of color from low-income households routinely outperform affluent NYC neighborhoods and suburbs such as Scarsdale. English Language Learners and students with disabilities benefit from Success Academy’s highly personalized instruction and make faster academic gains than their peers citywide.    

The five new elementary schools are:

Success Academy Far Rockaway, located at 10-45 Nameoke Street in District 27, will be headed by principal Ty Redmond, a former kindergarten science teacher who currently works with third- and fourth-graders as dean of students at SA Bronx 1.

Success Academy South Jamaica, located at 120-27 141st Street in District 27, will be led by principal Regina Loftus, winner of a Qualities of Excellent Teaching Award, who has experience teaching first, second, and fourth grades. Currently, she is assistant principal at SA Upper West.

Success Academy Bed-Stuy 3, located at 787 Lafayette Avenue in District 16, will become the third Success Academy school in Bed-Stuy. SA Bed-Stuy 1 is the No. 1 non-selective school in math in all of New York State, with 99% of scholars passing the state math exam last year and 83% passing English Language Arts. The principal of SA Bed-Stuy 3 will be Rita Deng, a former kindergarten and third grade teacher at SA Bed-Stuy 1 who currently serves as assistant principal at SA Bed-Stuy 2.

Success Academy Flatbush, located at 5 Snyder Avenue in District 17, will be led by Principal Wintanna Abai. A former first- and fifth-grade teacher, Abai served as a model and mentor for her fellow teachers before becoming assistant principal at SA Bronx 1, with responsibility for managing the third- and fourth-grade teams.

Success Academy Bushwick, located at 139 Menahan Street in District 32, will be headed by principal Katherine Haves, currently assistant principal at SA Harlem 3. An educator with a background in district and charter schools, she taught second and third grades in both general-education and Integrated Co-Teaching classrooms serving students with special needs.

In addition, Success Academy will open two new middle schools: SA Cobble Hill Middle School and SA Williamsburg Middle School



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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