Success Academy Charter Schools is a network of charter schools that operates in New York City. There are 41 Success Academy locations throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. The network serves 14,000 students. Success Academy is held responsible by the state for student performance, though it has greater independence than regular, zoned schools.
The advantage of charter schools is that they can be testing grounds for new methods of teaching. Many people, including governor Andrew Cuomo, argue that the bureaucratic structure of regular public schools is too strictly set in place, and it goes against the interests of many bureaucrats to change things for the better. As a result, things that need to change don’t change and bureaucrats do things based upon complex political interests. This results in the needs of children not being met, even though the school system is supposed to meet children’s needs. Because of the neglect of students’ needs, many children in the public school system fall by the waste side and do not do well.
The goal of Success Academy is to take into account the individual needs of every child, and to look after the social emotional and academic well-being of students. Success academy strives to foster self advocacy, pride and an interest in scholarly topics. It promises to instill work ethic, independence and curiosity; create a balanced community and a small school feel; and create a culture of personal responsibility and high standards. Success Academy also expects parents to do their part in the education of their children. For example, they encourage parents to be engaged with the school community, support the ambitions and interests of their children and encourage their children to work hard.
Success Academy makes great efforts to create fun, engaging places of learning where children are held up to high standards.