Success Academy is bringing a new approach to public schools. Charter schools have been cropping up all across America as an alternative to traditional public schools. With public school students achieving low scores on state tests, and the priorities shifting from academics to extracurricular activities (sports, swimming pools, theaters, etc.) Success Academy is leading the way in how teachers and students interact with one another.
At Success Academy schools, scores are higher than non-charter public schools. One reason is that they take a “hands on” approach to learning. Science classes do experiments, math students don’t just open a book, they measure, count, divide and do math. These charter schools concentrate on learning valuable information and teach their student how to solve problems, and build a skill set. They are committed to excellence.
If you visit a Success Academy you will see the students dressed in uniforms, colorful artwork on the walls, all kinds of learning stations and fun filled activities, as well as caring staff. The students are greeted every morning at the door by the principal and each child is important, not because of the money they represent, but because of their potential to be a benefit to the communities they live in as contributing adults.
Charter schools address the issues of low income families, special needs children, as well as those who need advanced classes. They allow families to visit anytime to sit in on classes, expect strong parental involvement, and strive to help the family with their child’s education, not disengage the parents. Communication is strong. Each family has teachers home and cell phone numbers. They guarantee that any questions asked will be addressed within twenty four hours.
The success of Success Academy can be found in the test scores of their students. In NYC they ranked in the top one percent in Math, the top two percent in English, and the top five percent in Science. This is pretty impressive, yet their focus is not on these scores, but on developing the whole child. They have been able to “banish boredom” from the classroom and instead make them joyful places of learning.