Eva Moskowitz founded the Success Academy because the proficiency requirements for the kids in New York were so low. The students living in the poorest neighborhoods that became involved with the Success Academy have outperformed the students from the richest suburbs. If they were just one school they would be in the top one percent of the schools in the state.
There are now 32 schools in the Success Academy network and they serve 9,000 students. There are thirteen additional schools scheduled to open in the next two years. There is no other charter school network that has achieved such amazing results and grown so quickly. This is being accomplished with the use of a laser focus on the subjects that are taught and the way they are taught.
An excellent example is the program designed for kindergarten children by the Success Academy. Instead of playing with blocks made of wood they have a blocks curriculum. The kids work in little groups and make an architectural sketch. Then they construct a project from this sketch. They are provided with a large array of books to help them with their endeavor.
The Success Academy provides two projects based on learning for every grade. Students are given six weeks to read, learn and write about a specific subject. The fourth graders were given the American Revolution. In middle school a class covering literature was added. The students were given seven texts to read and an emphasis was placed on writing skills. As the students move up in grade they are required to write longer pieces and given feedback.
The Success Academy gives kids engaging books to read. They expose the kids to diverse cultures, different backgrounds in economics and important information. The Success Academy devotes their projects to the success of the students. The kids are becoming more proficient in English, math and science. Their scores have been nothing short of stellar. Lessons are planned with goals in mind and the activities teach the Success Academy students how to develop. learn and master new concepts. The curriculum of the programs are working and the results are better educated students.