In this city, language is not the biggest barrier for immigrant families who are seeking a good school for their child. It’s their zip code.
By standing together with families from across the city, we will send a powerful message to our city leaders: The profound and appalling education inequality that divides our city must end.
Of all the schools, programs, and clubs I have played and coached for, Success Academy is the perfect marriage of a vision I can fully stand behind and practices that allow me to maximize the potential of every person I interact with.
When I first started teaching, two words bounced around my head hourly: “achievement” and “gap.”
A school, like a rocket, is a delicate mechanism. So many things can go wrong when teaching children, just as when building and launching a rocket.
I always get questions about the admissions lottery and the odds of winning a seat. These are difficult conversations to have. Success Academy is seen as a ticket to opportunity, a way to escape the city’s failing district schools and give children a chance to achieve their highest potential. But we simply do not have enough seats to accommodate all the children who apply.
This is a school that the community continues to support and call out for. This past year, our school received more than 2,400 applications for fewer than 75 open seats in grades K-4. There were 395 applications for fourth grade seats alone.
I usually don’t visit Capitol Hill to see great teaching and learning. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to the Hill recently and observe Success Academy math teacher Dana Adnopoz masterfully deliver a lesson on proportional reasoning to a group of fifth graders.
Last December, your office promised in writing to approve co-locations for four Success Academy schools by June 30 of this year. The deadline for filing the paperwork necessary to meet that deadline has passed, and only one co-location has been found.
When your administration delays in making payments owed to those children, it puts school operations — and their education — at risk.
The young people of Baltimore desire and deserve more from their cornerstone institutions, schooling chief among them.
It was a late night for parents and staff of Success Academy Bronx 3, but well worth the loss of sleep.
Dear Chancellor Fariña, I was saddened and disappointed, on behalf of the students, families, and teachers of Success Academy Harlem 5, that once again you have found it necessary to misrepresent our schools…
At my school, my teachers encourage me to dream big. My dream is to become a lawyer one day and advocate for people all over the world whose voices are not being heard.
I am grateful for great charter schools giving many parents like me the power to choose the education we want for our children. But the 143,000 kids in New York City who are stuck in failing schools and the 800,000 students across New York State who are not being equipped to do grade-level work, have no choice.
I was born and raised in the Bronx and for most of my childhood and adolescence I attended failing schools. I, of course, didn’t know it at the time. I received good grades and passed all my classes. I sat in the front of the class because I loved learning. I thought I was a great student. Then I went to college and reality hit me. I didn’t know how to read to truly understand the deeper meaning of a book. Worse, I couldn’t properly write a paragraph – let alone an essay.
My husband and I are raising two little girls in Brooklyn, and we have seen the failing schools crisis right in our own backyard.
In Albany, I was proud to share what my daughter has been able to accomplish at a great school and to stand with other parents who also believe that all children deserve a quality education.
I thought I’d share my convictions of what is possible when a school develops a true love of reading across its entire community. I encourage you to add your thoughts and your own vision of what is possible in the comments section below.
On March 4, we have an opportunity to send a message to the entire country that all students deserve better. We have an opportunity to defend what we know is possible and to show others what is possible.
Doug McCurry, the co-CEO of Achievement First Public Charter Schools and the father of a special needs child, has written a touching account about his son, Jack, who is a scholar at Success Academy Cobble Hill.
This is why I stood with many Success Academy and district school parents in Lower Manhattan last month and delivered an urgent message to the city: the time has come for bold change in our public schools. 143,000 students are trapped in failing schools.
A few weeks ago one of our ninth-grade scholars delivered a welcome address to a group of distinguished guests at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts.