Success Academy, New York City’s largest and most successful charter school network,
recently launched an online ‘education institute’ to share curriculum and professional development among education professionals, including teachers and school administrators.
The platform, called the ‘Success Academy Education Institute,’ will expand Success Academy’s influence beyond New York City, where the network currently operates 41 schools across the four boroughs and serves a remarkable 14,000 students.
Success Academy’s approach is different from most charter schools, which are publically funded but privately owned. In a Success Academy elementary school classroom, for instance, only 80 minutes are spent on direct instruction. During the rest of the day, students are encouraged to learn, grow, and develop through hands-on learning and small group instruction. In Success Academy high schools, students enjoy a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes broad-based thinking and preparation for the demands of college.
The Institute will serve as a free portal for teachers, administrators, and other education professionals to access the content that has made Success Academy so, well, successful. Success Academy charter schools rank among the top 1% in New York State for math, the top 2% for English, and in the top 5% for science. Among Success Academy students who have disabilities, 79% passed math and 52% passed English in 2016.
Through the Institute, leaders in other schools will be able to access curriculum, tools, and resources, and apply the Success Academy model to their own schools. This expands on the vision of Success Academy founder and CEO Eve Moskowitz to transform education beyond opening high-achieving charter schools. Moskowitz sees the Institute as a “vehicle” for sharing Success Academy’s resources with educators across the country and around the world.
Success Academy also continues to achieve legislative success. In early June, a state appeals court ruled in a long-standing legal battle that New York City cannot regulate the prekindergarten curriculum of the city’s charter schools.