Success Academy students succeed in all areas of lifeOn July 6, 2017 by admin
In early June, more than 1,700 Success Academy students graduated from Academy schools. Some moved up to middle school, while others went on to the charter network high schools, but all were celebrating with their parents and teachers about how well they had done.
A month before that, more than 130 Success Academy students traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the Super Nationals chess competition. Those students were so successful that one group of chess-playing students finished tied in first place in their age division, while others finished in third, fourth, fifth and sixth places.
This was the first visit to the Super Nationals chess competition for many of the students, yet they did not let that intimidate them and performed exceptionally well.
Other Success Academy students participated in the Penn Relay Races, a track and field event that is one of the nation’s most historic. That did not seem to intimidate these students at all, however. Some managed to finish the event with personal bests in their chosen sport, while some of Success Academy’s teams finished in the top five in their events.
An exceptional result to say this was the first time academy students had participated in the Penn Relay Races.
Looking at Success Academy’s many successes over the last month, it would be easy to think these students come from an exclusive academy targeting more affluent families.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, more than 96 percent of Success Academy students are Latino or African Americans, and most are from disadvantaged families.
Success Academy, however, believes it does not matter what your background or ethnicity is as to whether you are successful or not. Instead, they believe if you give any student the right education and the right tools, all of them can succeed. Providing these students with the right education and the right tools is what Success Academy does.
This success in the fields of chess and track and field also transfers over into test scores, where Success Academy students are some of the best in New York state when it comes to testing in English, science and math.
Not bad for a charter school network that has only been in existence for just over 10 years.