The Success Academy has was appears to be turning out to be a winning formula to help the “scholars” (the term given to their children) live up to the name of the foundation. They start at an early age developing a plan and roadmap that will carry the students onward to college and beyond. The test results have impressed a lot of people around the New York area who wish that their own could achieve such numbers rather than the dismal 35% math and 64% English proficiency that serves as a counterexample to the Success Academy routine.
The difference in understanding that the state exams brought to light pays no attention to income level of the family. The Success Academy students who live in even the poorest neighborhoods around the city were still able to outshine those children of the wealthiest parents in the other public schools. It all starts in elementary school where the children are infused with a passion for learning and trying new things. Those scholars are provided with only about 80 minutes of instruction each day so that the remainder can be filled with small group studies and activities that allow the success to be brought forth through actual student involvement.
The students at one of the 27 elementary schools can then work their way upwards with the help of the organizations 7 middle schools and the newest addition which is a high school. Charter networks have never grown faster than Success Academy which has an outstanding outreach after only having been in operation since 2006. Content is the central core of what is making the grade, and parent involvement is another critical factor that children will so often reflect through their academic performance if that key element is missing.
The difference is seen in even the earliest curriculum which is “Blocks” at the elementary schools. Students are provided with books and knowledge as inspiration so that they can do more than just play. That drive is carried on throughout all of the other classes and grades so that Success Academy is setting a bar that will be hard to match from others looking to reach such heights.