Success Academy is a charter school operator, with 34 schools in the New York City and surrounding boroughs. Their outstanding student success can be credited to unique teaching methods such as positive reinforcement and discipline. Parents play an integral part in students’ learning and are immediately notified should problems arise.
Teachers and their work are closely monitored for quality. They are rewarded for the success of their students, and if students perform poorly, teachers may be demoted to a teaching assistant position. Student performance is measured by standardized testing. Students at Success Academy tend to outperform students in both public and private New York Schools.
The goal of Success Academy is to build an excellent school and learning system where students from all backgrounds can succeed. They believe in encouragement and providing opportunity. For 8 consecutive years, the students at Success Academy elementary, middle and high schools have been among the top performers in the State of New York.
Success Academy encourages students to strive to be the best they can be. Grades are not a private matter, which allows students to encourage each other. Teachers go through extensive training programs to ensure that they are providing the best possible educational resources available.
Success Academy believes in learning as a community, and student interaction is important. There is also a remedial program called “effort academy”. Effort is put into teaching and rewarding students for good work. Grades on standardized testing are publicly ranked, and the standardized testing is taken very seriously.
The teachers are very demanding of students and for good reason. They strive for their students to reach for the stars and make a personal effort to ensure that each student is treated as an individual according to their needs. Students are readily supplied with the resources they need to be successful.