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Summer Experience

The Odds of Admission Were Steep, but This SA Scholar Went for it!

September 8, 2021 Success Academy

Andrew Breton knows how to make the most of any opportunity that comes his way. When his summer program was cancelled last year, he decided to take a job at Old Navy — and quickly differentiated himself as the employee with the most credit card sign-ups behind the register in the entire county. He eventually... Read more

From Harlem to Alaska: My First Adventure Into the Wild

August 25, 2021 Success Academy

Madison Blake is a sophomore at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts in New York City. This year, SA’s Summer Experience program covered the cost of 75 students to access pre-college summer classes in STEM, business, the arts, and outdoor adventures. Read more

My First Time Away From Home, I Made Friends From Around the World

October 28, 2019 Success Academy

After her summer at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Amanda Sanchez knows what it takes to adapt to a completely new setting. The experience, which she accessed through the SA Summer Experience program, left her feeling confident, with new interests, new friends, and a growing excitement for the independence of college life. Read more

My Clean Sweep Summer: I Built My Own Robot Vacuum

October 9, 2019 Success Academy

For scholars who participated in the SA Summer Experience program, memories of summer linger on, along with newfound confidence and new interests. Scholars accepted into the program have the chance to attend collegiate, artistic, and outdoor leadership opportunities both locally and across the country. Sophomore Alexa Torres is one such scholar; she spent her summer figuring out a faster way to get chores done. Read more

Lessons Learned This Summer

September 21, 2018 Success Academy

When Success Academy 10th graders Ebrahim Jaiteh and Kiera Toussaint first arrived at the Loomis Chaffee boarding school campus, they were slightly shocked by the sound of silence — and the number of trees. The setting, so unlike the noisy bustling streets of where they grew up, would be the first of many differences that... Read more