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High School of the Liberal Arts-Manhattan

Seeing School Through A Different Lens

January 4, 2023 Success Academy

Can photography help us become better people? Rasheed Williams, photography teacher at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts—Manhattan, is passionate about the answer. That’s why he created Studio Squad, the school’s first-ever photography club, which encourages scholars to not only embrace their creative side but also their leadership skills.  Created for all experience... Read more

The Comeback Kids — Scholars Revive Theater Tech Post-Covid

September 14, 2022 Success Academy

Rosemary Sena and Devin Jenkins-Drumgold joined the Theater Tech Crew at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts—Manhattan as freshmen in 2019, starting first as “runners.” The runner role helps scholars discover the aspects they love the most about Theater Tech, which manages the set design, lighting, audio, and behind-the-scenes of performances, so that... Read more

More Important than Ever: How This High School Scholar Started a Club to Improve Mental Health

May 31, 2022 Success Academy

At Success Academy, we take mental health just as seriously as physical health. That’s why we’ve partnered with Uwill to provide easy access to counseling and other tools for high school scholars, all at no cost. That’s also why, near the beginning of the pandemic, current HSLA–Manhattan senior Awa Traore and her advisor, Marwah Sheikh,... Read more

She’s Got What It Takes: Success Academy Scholar Athlete of the Year

July 6, 2018 Success Academy

What do track and field runners at Duke, Stanford, and Georgetown have in common? They are all members of some of the most competitive collegiate teams in the nation — and they all have to balance intense training with rigorous academic workloads. Success Academy coach Ozzie Henderson thinks he has the next big star for top collegiate programs like these — someone who thrives both on the track and in the classroom: sophomore Ronn’e Bailey. Read more

Doing the Math on Success Academy’s First Graduating Class

June 19, 2018 Success Academy

If you do the math, factoring in what the WNYC data showed about attrition for elementary, middle, and high school grades, a hypothetical group of 72 first-graders at a typical district school serving kids through Grade 12 would be expected to have about 11 students remaining by the time they were ready to graduate. Compare that to the Success total: 23 students remaining, 16 of them graduating seniors. Read more

Success Academy Seniors: 100% College Bound!

June 8, 2018 Success Academy

On Thursday, June 7, our very first class of high school seniors graduated at the stunning Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 100% of them college-bound, many with full scholarships. Read more

Fine Art and Secret Staircases: Success Academy Goes to Chatsworth House

January 23, 2018 Imani Johnson

This November, Imani Johnson and her classmates from SA High School of the Liberal Arts were invited to visit a home in Derbyshire, England. Step inside their journey to England and find out more about our experience at Chatsworth House! Read more

What My SAT Score Means to Me

October 17, 2017 Hazel Murray

Many people understand that you need strong scores to get into elite colleges, but they don’t realize how much our education system is flawed — that it often stacks the odds against minority students. So the top score isn’t always what’s the most important. Together, my class and I achieved an average score that was far above the rest of the country's. It wasn't just me who took part in this achievement — it was all of us. Read more

Notes to the Principal’s Office

August 29, 2017 Andrew Malone

One of our scholars was selected as one of just 80 participants (out of 2,400 applicants) for the prestigious Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program at MIT. High School of the Liberal Arts Principal Andy Malone shares two emails from the scholar recounting this truly special experience. Read more

Poetry and Transformations in Ireland

August 3, 2017 Autumn Swepson

In July, Success Academy Scholar Autumn Swepson traveled to Ireland with Putney Student Travel: Writing in Ireland. This unique travel experience brought together carefully selected student writers to explore the literary roots and storytelling traditions of Ireland, all while improving their own craft. Read more