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Success Academy Charter Schools Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
2006
School / School District
K-12 Education
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Our schools rank in the top 1% in math and top 2% in English Language Arts among all New York State schools, while serving children with an overall poverty rate of 70%.

We believe all children can achieve at extremely high levels, and we believe this starts ... Read more

Mission: Success Academy is redefining what’s possible in public education. Our dual mission is to:

Build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove that children from all backgrounds can succeed in college and life; and serve as a catalyst and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We have a lot of career changers at Success Academy -- starting with our own CEO, Eva Moskowitz. Check out her interview with Forbes about changing careers after being a City Councilmember.

    3 Success Stories: How Politics Can Boost A Career

    It's not un common to pivot into politics from a different career. Yet, one of the probabilities of being an elected official is that another career leap will most likely be necessary. Three former New York City Council Members Eva Moskowitz, Gifford Mille r, and Eric Gioia were all rising stars in local politics in the early 2000's.

  • We are overjoyed with the announcement that Success Academy Harlem 2 and Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1 have each won a National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

    SA Bed-Stuy 1 and SA Harlem 2 join four other SA schools: SA Harlem 1, SA Harlem 3, SA Harlem 4, and SA Bronx 1 — all of which have been awarded this prestigious designation from the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

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Success Academy Charter Schools – Why Work For Us?


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At Success Academy, we are redefining what’s possible in public education.

Our dual mission is to:

  1. Build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove that children from all backgrounds can succeed in college and life; and,
  2. Serve as a catalyst and national model for education reform and help change public policies that prevent so many children from having access to opportunity.

Our 47 schools — and counting — are dedicated to academic excellence, character development, and extracurricular achievement with college graduation as an end goal. In all grades, pre-K through 12, our exploration-driven curriculum focuses on the whole child and includes chess, art, music, sports, and other specialized subjects that bring excitement to the school day and foster a lifelong love of learning. On any given day, our first graders may be programming robots, our middle schoolers debating the merits of body cameras on police officers, and our high school scholars 3D-printing unique objects they designed. Our approach works – our scholars achieve extraordinary results, ranking in the top 1% in math and the top 2% in English among all New York State schools.

Our two missions are intrinsically linked. Without parents and teachers advocating for the rights of their scholars, our schools wouldn’t exist. Without our schools, many parents would have no choice but to send their children to underperforming neighborhood schools. Our fight to ensure educational options for New York City children has taken us on marches across the Brooklyn Bridge and to rallies on the Capitol steps in Albany. We are a true community of advocates — parents, teachers, and educators committed to the belief that education can open up a world of possibilities for children. We are proud to be at the forefront of the education reform movement.

We’re growing rapidly to meet the demands of families all across New York City and are always looking for exceptional new talent. Learn more and apply today at www.SuccessCareers.org.

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All of our schools are driven by the firmly held belief that children from all backgrounds can achieve at extremely high levels. We know that getting there requires:

  • Hard-working, diligent adults: Smart, well-prepared teachers and school leaders are the key to our scholars’ success.
  • Hands-on, discovery-based learning: Kids are more engaged when they do the intellectual heavy lifting and reach their own “eureka!” moments.
  • A culture of joyful rigor: We set a high bar and banish boredom; kids fall in love with learning.
  • Parents as partners: Parents are critical to our work, and we enlist them to take an active role in their child’s education and our school community.


Elementary School

In elementary school, scholars receive only 80 minutes of direct instruction (teacher up front) every day with the rest of the day devoted to small group instruction and experiential learning.  

In addition to our unique THINK literacy program and our conceptual approach to math mastery, we also emphasize development of the whole child. Scholars perform hands-on science experiments daily, learn chess to develop critical thinking skills, and express their creativity through visual and performing arts. Project Based Learning units allow scholars to delve deeply into one topic – such as bread, the Middle Ages, or the Brooklyn Bridge – woven through all curriculum components. Frequent field-study trips take scholars out of the classroom to experience all that NYC has to offer.

 

Middle School

Our emphasis on rigorous academics continues, with inquiry-based instruction that challenges scholars to do the thinking work. Aiding in the discovery and development of individual talents is a core principle of our middle school design, which is why we offer so many electives and the opportunity to take honors courses.

Further, we know that today’s student must successfully navigate a world in which knowledge is easily accessible and constantly evolving. That’s why we’ve built a truly 21st-Century curriculum that develops critical thinking skills and technology literacy. Scholars do the majority of their work on their own iPad, learn about digital citizenship, and take required computer science courses.

 

High School

Our founding high school provides a state-of-the-art learning environment, including a fabrication laboratory with 3D printers, a college-style lecture hall, and a reading room. Scholars have the increased ability to tailor the course of study to meet their interests and attempt new challenges, with additional electives and competitive sports, an Honors Academy, and a STEM track.

Our approach to college access and persistence provides extensive support for college readiness, requiring each senior to write a research-based thesis and guiding scholars through the college application process and the first two years of college attendance.

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In 2015, twenty of the thirty-four Success Academies had scholars in testing grades (third through eighth grade). These testing schools surpassed many of NYC's best schools while serving children with an overall poverty rate of 70%. Our groundbreaking test scores are the result of a rich and varied curriculum, unique school model, and staff members who simply never give up — on any scholar.

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We know that excellent teaching and school leadership can transform the trajectory of a child's life. Success Academy provides unprecedented training and support for teachers and leaders, allowing them to focus their attention on what matters most: providing children with an outstanding education. 

Teacher support includes:

  • 400+ hours per year of professional development training, including an intensive 4-week summer program and ongoing weekly sessions year-round
  • Frequent classroom observations with real-time coaching
  • Collaboration and sharing of best practices with teachers and leaders throughout the network
  • Robust support from the network content teams with the development of curriculum & assessments
  • State-of-the-art technology in all classrooms
  • Unparalleled opportunities for career advancement, both in and outside of the classroom

 

Our Aspiring School Leaders Program provides a unique opportunity for committed educators to hone their skills as principals-in-training. Through authentic practice and professional development, Assistant Principals build the portfolio of school leadership skills needed to become exceptional leaders of a Success Academy school while earning a competitive salary.

The program provides Assistant Principals with:

  • Practical Hands-on Experience
  • Mentorship
  • Community & Collaboration
  • Network Support


 

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In addition to exceptional teachers and school leaders, our education model relies on a robust staff of in-school operations and central office staff.

Instructional

At Success Academy, you’ll challenge scholars – and yourself – to reach groundbreaking achievements. You’ll appreciate the outcomes of your hard work as your scholars become critical thinkers, talented problem solvers, and well-rounded individuals ready to succeed in college and in life.

Instructional positions:

  • Associate Teachers
  • Elementary, Middle, and High School Lead Teachers
  • Science Teachers (K-12)
  • Specials Teachers (e.g., chess, arts, sports, etc.) (K-12)
  • Special Education Teachers (K-12)
  • School Psychologists
  • Education Coordinators & Managers
  • Assistant Principals 


School Operations

While teachers are immersed in the hands-on education of scholars, a vital in-school group of operations professionals is hard at work creating a world-class learning environment and overseeing all non-instructional aspects of our schools. 

This team manages a wide variety of activities, including the aesthetics and safety of our buildings, organization-wide event planning, parent communications, and operational budgets. Their ongoing development of strategic systems and procedures means critical processes run like clockwork, ensuring that teachers have vital resources, our environments inspire learning, and our communities are active and invested.

Positions include:

  • Business Operations Managers
  • Community Relations Coordinators
  • Office Coordinators
  • Operations Coordinators

 

Network

Network professionals fuel our mission across various areas of expertise. Whether you’re interested in developing new curriculum, crunching numbers, writing communications plans, or training the next wave of talent, there is a place for you at the Success Academy network.

Network Departments:

  • Advisory
  • Advocacy
  • Data Science & Information Systems 
  • Development
  • Enrollment
  • Finance
  • Human Resources & Talent
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Network Operations
  • Schooling

 

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    I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    At SA you are given the opportunity to facilitate dramatic change in the individual lives of students and, in turn, profoundly improve the trajectory of an entire community. This cannot happen without exceedingly high expectations for all stakeholders (teachers, parents, students). Parents chose our schools for these reasons and we are committed to getting them extraordinary results for their children. This is not an easy job. Every day is a challenge-- but that is essentially why I have been here for the past 8 years-- because I love being part of a community who takes on hard work BECAUSE it is hard. If you really want to be an excellent teacher-- then you should come to Success Academy Charter Schools. We have-- hands down-- the best teacher training in the Country. Yes, the hours are long. Yes, the stress level can be high. Yes, the environment is intense and fast-paced. But, the job is deeply rewarding, especially for those with a passion for social justice.

    Cons

    There are not enough Success Academy Charter Schools for the number of families that want seats, so we continue to have a devastatingly high number of kids trapped in failing public schools.

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Success Academy Charter Schools photo of: When you join Success Academy, you are joining a fast-paced, innovative organization that is pushing boundaries to solve the most pressing social issue of our day.
Success Academy Charter Schools photo of: SA is working urgently, creatively, and strategically to address the vast educational inequities that are blocking opportunity for millions of American children.
Success Academy Charter Schools photo of: Entry-level positions in teaching and operations immerse you in a close-knit community of talented peers while you swiftly grow skills — in project management, analytics, communication, and leadership
Success Academy Charter Schools photo of: We prioritize professional skills development, and whatever your area of interest, you will have ongoing opportunities to hone your capabilities, refine your craft, and accelerate your career
Success Academy Charter Schools photo of: Whether you are interested in school leadership or pathways in advocacy, operations, data analytics, or marketing, SA is a high-growth organization that offers a wide range of career possibilities
Success Academy Charter Schools photo of: As a teacher at Success Academy, you will be part of an elite team that is leading the country in reimagining public education — and getting eye-popping results!
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Success Academy Charter Schools Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Success Academy Charter Schools (New York, NY) in September 2017.

    Interview

    You go through 3 screenings. They ask you questions about who you are. Your interests. Skills that you are able to do. I honestly do not remember the whole process entirely. However, just be your true self and go into the interview with an open mind and love to teaching, learning and kids!

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