Today, Success Academy announced to families and staff that “Remote 2,0” will continue through December. All 20.000 students have been equipped with personal laptops or tablets and are receiving a full schedule of live instruction five days a week via Zoom. Classes started on August 4 for high schoolers and August 24 for K-8 students, and all work, from math and writing to assessments and homework, is fully digital.
This Spring, when many schools and communities across the country were struggling with various versions of remote learning, some of them on the verge of giving up altogether, 445 Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts (HSLA) students — most of them Black — were sheltering in and studying up for Advanced Placement exams in 10 subject areas.
Without Building Access, and Facing Uncertain Operating Conditions, Success Academy Pivots to Remote School Launch
Today, Success Academy informed parents that it will launch school remotely on August 4 for seniors and August 24 for all 20.000 students. SA had planned to open school on campus, in a hybrid model, but last week, City Hall and the Department of Education informed the network that it could not have building access until mid-September at the earliest.
Ninety-nine members of the Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts (HSLA) Class of 2024, so-named for their anticipated college graduation date, turned their tassels and tossed their caps virtually yesterday their commencement ceremony held online.
Success Academy published six full weeks of lesson plans for students in grades K-2, to help educators and parents who may be struggling to provide content-rich learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. The plans are hosted on the network’s website and include both specific daily schedules and lessons as well as links to general resources. The suite of lesson plans can be accessed here.
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz informed families that their scholars would be assessed and receive grades just as they have in previous years. With slight modifications to instructional priorities and assessments, the network’s 18.000 students in grades K-12 will finish the school year with core achievement goals that were in place at the beginning of the school year.
Almost 18.000 Success Academy scholars ended their first week of remote learning with an average attendance rate of 97%. On Thursday, March 19, about 5.000 middle school and high school scholars logged into their virtual classrooms via the BlueJeans video conferencing platform, while 13.000 younger scholars in grades K-4 were counted “present” after twice-daily phone debriefs with their teachers, covering the reading, math, and science assignments of the day.