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 ...
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"When I quit Wall Street to work in education, I wasn’t sure where I’d land. But Success Academy helped me fully realize my potential as a leader — and offered me skills I would have had a hard time finding anywhere else." - Nick Simmons
Our dual mission is to:
Our 46 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 failing 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.
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:
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, community workers, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
In addition to exceptional teachers and school leaders, our education model relies on a robust staff of in-school operations and central office staff.
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.
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.
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.
I have been working at Success Academy Charter Schools full-time (More than 5 years)
*smart, creative, hard-working, funny co-workers
*resources & training you need to get the job done
*great learning environment -- if there's a better way, try it, do it!
*failure is ok -- but you are expect to learn from it
*the kids are awesome
*not for the shy, timid, slow-footed or lazy
*your work can be all-consuming, in a good way, but YOU have to make time for your personal life -- and it can be done! (hint: exercise!)
*your days can be crazy and unpredictable & that's good & bad
Advice to Management
Would be great to have more visibility into future growth plans...100 schools!?
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Success Academy Charter Schools.
It was long and a little overwhelming (very fast-paced and interactive), but not too tiring because we had breaks and the mood was pretty relaxed outside of the conference rooms. Being interviewed with five other people was helpful, because you felt like you were all in it together--not a competitive environment.
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