The achievement of Success Academy is something that has created a buzz across the region. It is a charter network with 32 schools serving 9,000 students. It was first opened in 2006. It has grown tremendously and has performed remarkably well. The network is projecting to open 13 additional schools in the next two years with an approximated figure of 21,000 students.
Success Academy collaborates as one system of scholars, teachers, and school leaders to transition smoothly. They have tailor-made approach across each school level. The success of the school is a laser focus on what is taught and how it is taught. The Success Academy has its English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum. The research shows that the balanced literacy does not build the knowledge and vocabulary that the children need. The Academy has added a lot of content to it. They have the Teachers College reading and writing workshop model that encourages independent reading. Moskowitz says that kids need to be avid readers. Their think literacy program includes reading workshop, read aloud, guided reading, and shared texts. Students spend two hours every day on a combination of some of the four elements.
Elementary students have two project-based learning units in each grade. There is an additional independent learning time in the middle school. Students receive iPads loaded with information and books. Middle school students must read seven key texts where four are novels, two non-fictions, and one of poetry. Writing skills are a priority from Kindergarten to the 8th grade. Students produce longer pieces across different genres in other levels.
Sara Yu is a literature expert in the Success Academy School. Sara provides the students with engaging books at all levels that expose students to great materials with diverse cultures and background characters. They also have an off-the-shelf math curriculum with designed set of activities that help students to master new concepts each day. The Success Academy ELA and math curriculum are well integrated with the common core state standards. They have an experiment based science class daily. Students take test preps. They also practice tests that are posted in the hallways. Teachers are ranked according to how well their students perform.