The Success Academy brand that has made waves in the charter school industry across New York City as the group has seen an amazing level of growth since it established its first school in 2006 in the culturally diverse area of Harlem. Founder Eva Moskowitz has recently made it clear she believes the ever expanding wait list for a spot at the more than 40 Success Academy locations across New York City show just how impressive the work she and her colleagues have completed has been; the shocking statistics show that if Moskowitz was permitted to make use of some of the more than 5,000 empty seats currently unused in New York public schools the Success Academy program could be provided for some of the more than 17,000 families who applied for just over 3,000 seats at Success Academy locations.
There are a number of reasons why the Success Academy has proven such as major area of growth in the education sector where charter schools have not always met with high levels of success. The innovative nature of the Success Academy has led to the school network taking a different approach to that seen in the public school system across the U.S., which includes the need for more periods of time where students can express themselves and enjoy recess times that are often taken away as a punishment by educators in public school systems.
Although the approach of Success Academy may seem to be a different one, the charter school system is obviously becoming a success as the test scores that are used by public school system experts have consistently been higher than those seen in traditional New York schools. Not only does Success Academy seek to bring about a new level of success in the education system, the aim is to engage students in the local community to help them have a greater understanding of the world around them; Success Academy brings farm fresh food into its schools and also looks to build community links that create more engaged citizens as students move through their lives even after they have completed their studies.