In school, two of my favorite subjects are art and history. That’s why I was so excited when I had the chance to visit Sotheby’s.
What would happen if the earth got too close to the sun? How could any living creature survive the Big Bang? Is there a way to keep your plants watered if you go on a month-long vacation?
Every day, my scholars ask dozens of questions like these. Their curiosity is never-ending and their minds are always yearning to learn more.
This past weekend, 36 Success Academy scholars from seven different schools traveled to Nashville to compete in the National K-12 Grade Chess Championships — and they put in a stellar performance. SA Harlem 4, SA Harlem East, SA Bronx 1, SA Midtown West, SA Union Square, SA Harlem North West, and SA Cobble Hill were […]
As the only dance teacher at my school, Success Academy Harlem East, sometimes I feel a little isolated. While math teachers commiserate over tricky proofs and English teachers share compelling new books to read, a communal passion for dance isn’t always a given — which means that building a strong dance community requires a uniquely […]
If you passed by Yankee Stadium last month, you might have witnessed two boys running full tilt around the stadium’s perimeter, resistance weights on their legs, leaves crunching beneath their sneakers.
As a science teacher at Success Academy Midtown West Middle School, my first priority is to ensure that my scholars develop a passion for science. I want them to confidently voice their opinions and ask lots of questions — whether we’re studying the spread of disease, or evolutionary processes. Honing scholar’s natural curiosity for the […]
My fourth-grade son, Seth, and his friends at Success Academy Union Square are chess-obsessed. Chess is an essential component of SA’s school design starting in Kindergarten, and the program creates super-fans. They follow the careers of the world’s biggest grandmasters, and last year many of them travelled to elementary school nationals in Nashville, Tennessee, where […]
“I conceive of my own life as a journey toward something I do not understand, which in the going toward, makes me better.” —James Baldwin Perhaps no other American writer offered a more critical and searing look at racial inequality in America than James Baldwin, who published poems, non-fiction essays, and books from the 1950s […]
Classes at SA Bronx 1 and SA Hell’s Kitchen got a lot bigger (and a little taller) earlier this month, when forty-five educators from as far away as Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, and Israel saw Success Academy’s innovative math curriculum in action in our kindergarten and first grade classrooms. As an elementary school math manager who […]
The result of the 2016 presidential election has sparked heated discussions across the country — and at Success Academy’s 41 schools. The day after the election, scholars had many questions about the future of our country. Below, three educators describe how they addressed their scholars’ concerns, using art, literature, and spoken word poetry to create […]
The city’s proposal to temporarily house Success Academy middle school students from five Brooklyn elementary schools in just two locations is not “reasonable, adequate, or comparable.”
This election year, our middle school scholars are taking a hands-on approach to civics education. Middle schoolers ran their own simulation presidential campaign in history class last week to learn about the electoral college, fundraising, and the strategy behind campaign stops. The next day, they filled out a non-partisan framework that helped them decide what […]